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Old 07-17-2001, 03:35 PM   #1
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Unhappy What a Monday- I'm glad I'm still here ALIVE...

Well, my parents and I decided to go on a little family vacation last Thursday down to Alamosa to ride the Cumbre and Toltec Railroad, and then to Durango Saturday and Sunday to ride the Durango and Silverton- and in between just to relax. The train rides were great, the C&TS is a little bit more realistic and rustic so the railfans like that one better, but the D&SNGRR has better scenery. Great weather, most of the time, was present and we had a great time. We left Durango yesterday morning at 7am and by 430 PM we had only made it exactly one block from the hotel. Here's what happened:

We were driving up Molus Pass on our way home, when at about 8:15am a boulder decided to dislodge itself from the mountain and on to the road.

My dad was doing the driving, and caught it falling out of his peripharal vision, and swerved the best he could to try and avoid it. Well, the rock was bouncing across the road and still got us, but it nailed the skidplate instead of the windsheild (THANK GOD! ). We drove about a mile longer when my mom convinced my dad to stop and look to make sure everything was OK. When we were rolling to a stop, we noticed steam and black smoke coming from under the hood. I got out and noticed that the skidplate was annilhated along with the radiator (which was dropping collant all over the place). Also visibly busted was the hood (sprung to one side), the AC Condensor coil, the fan housing, and the fan.

So we called CSP and they sent a trooper out- more on him later- and he took the report and called Lexus Roadside Assistance for us. The said they would send a tow- but they were two hours out.

The CSP trooper stayed with us all that time we were waiting for a towtruck, and he didn't know my Dad was a cop until he asked my dad's occupation. We got to talking to this guy and found out he got shot in the whole four-corners Cortez deal a few years ago when one cop died, and another cop (him) was very seriously injured. Listening to him talk about being shot and the whole ordeal he has had to go through really put things in perspective for me. This guy was truly nice and even offered to give my mom a ride down to Durango while my Dad and I went with the tow-truck.

Lexus wanted it towed to New Country Automotive, which is a Toyota-Ford-Lincoln-Mercury dealer. That made sense because the Lexus is a spruced up Toyota Highlander (mechanically engine, tranny wise they are the same). When we arrived there, the tow driver unloaded the vehicle, and a service advisor came out to take a look. It so happened that:

1) There was frame (body) damage.
2) New Country didn't do frame work or body work


The towtruck driver had to reload the vehicle, and the insurance wanted it taken next to Pat Murphy GMC-Pontaic-Buick-Cadillac-Jeep which was just down the road a half mile. We got it there and the Body Shop manager, Bob, hooked us up with everything. The Lexus will spend the next month getting repaired at a GM dealer. Supposedly, though, this place does all makes and models and is one of two body shops in town (the other is a Morehard Subaru-Chevy), and does good work. So far the list of things that need to be replaced is-

-Ac Condensor
-Fan Shorud
-and possibly the hood or more....

Several thousand in repairs, I believe. We then waited three and a half hours for a rental car, drove it (a Ford F150 SuperCrew) to Pat Murphy and xferd our luggage, etc over. We left Durango about 5 and arrived in denver about 1230 am. Long Day...

The main thing is that we are ok, and this will remind me to not sweat the small stuff, life's too short, and also to be kind to family and friends because you never know when they will be gone. Had my dad not swerved, the three foot diameter boulder would have come right through the windsheild, and I would be along with my mom and dad, DEAD, or a vegtable for the rest of my life. It wasn't our time to go, thank god...

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Old 07-17-2001, 08:05 PM   #3
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