Mustang Crash on Watt Avenue

We bought a house!
Our new house is one house away from Watt Avenue, so there is some traffic noise.


On Saturday afternoon, I was crossing the street with a just-borrowed lawnmower when the long tire squeal of an impending crash jostled the neighborhood.

A blue Mustang skidded straight at my neighbor's house. It took out a telephone pole and continued up their lawn and driveway. Finally it smashed into the frame of their garage door and came to a halt, telephone pole still balanced on the car's rooftop.


I ran over.

The male driver and female passenger stumbled out of the car, seemingly unhurt. Both airbags had deployed and were now deflating on the dashboard. The passenger was holding a little dog and put her down only to have her scamper away into traffic across Watt Avenue. Both the driver and passenger gave chase and returned with the dog in a few minutes.

They asked about the house they ran into, and I let them know that it was vacant. The family that lived there had recently pulled up stakes and disappeared.

Fire trucks arrived shortly thereafter, set up shop and cleaned up the streetlight which had shattered on the roadway. No one needed the ambulance, so they drove away. I asked if I could take pictures of the car and offered them chairs, which they accepted.

Other neighbors came over and asked if they were OK, and if they needed anything.

I had no idea you could take out a telephone pole and walk away from the accident unscathed. Amazing.

When a disaster strikes, sometimes people come out of their houses and assess the situation. Being the new family on the block, this was great, because we met three neighbors who we had not yet met.

I know that they always say on the news how "communities come together in time of need" and what I learned is that it doesn't really have to be a disaster to bring everyone outside.

It can just be a car accident.

Comments:



How drunk were they?



California
Thursday 18th of September 2008 5:36 am

Nobama08

Not drunk at all- they had both decided to embrace change! Change is good!



North Carolina
Thursday 18th of September 2008 5:40 am

MisterInvisible

And the pole flopping over didn't cut out any power or services?



Michigan
Thursday 18th of September 2008 6:28 am



Zoinks!



Tennessee
Thursday 18th of September 2008 7:10 am



Is it intentional that the advertisement below this article is "Volvo's run-out sale. Hurry while stocks last"



Florida
Thursday 18th of September 2008 7:26 am



No one needed the ambulance, so they drove away??? In the crashed mustang?



Ohio
Thursday 18th of September 2008 7:52 am

smegma

You should have moved into this vacant house instead, as it has already been "pre-disastered". It worked for Garp.



Indiana
Thursday 18th of September 2008 7:53 am



...my advertisement said 'Vodka Infused'! Coincidence? I think not! Although there have been a few times when I inadvertently drive my car thru an intersection, thru a telephone pole and into a house while completely sober. Like maybe 3 times. Tops.



Ohio
Thursday 18th of September 2008 7:56 am



they probably did it on porpose



Georgia
Thursday 18th of September 2008 9:19 am

Josh

"No one needed the ambulance, so they drove away??? In the crashed mustang?" Yeah, they drove off in the crashed Mustang. It did not have as much damage as I would have guessed. After all those things are built "Ford Tough". -Rob



California
Thursday 18th of September 2008 9:28 am



The ambulance must have driven away.



California
Thursday 18th of September 2008 10:23 am



I would have thought from the pictures it would be obvious that it was the ambulance driving away.



Ohio
Thursday 18th of September 2008 11:02 am



You should see if you can rent the house next door to some squatters.



Iowa
Thursday 18th of September 2008 11:48 am



All she wants to do is, ride, Sally, ride. Too bad the pole and house got in the way.



Massachusetts
Thursday 18th of September 2008 12:09 pm

NiNjA

Scary stuff they should jail these birds.



Michigan
Thursday 18th of September 2008 12:09 pm



BTW, I always wanted to be in a three way, I just never imagined it would involve the Nutmeg State AND Li'l Rhody!



Massachusetts
Thursday 18th of September 2008 12:09 pm



They were lucid enough to follow the little dog, and come back? Damn. I don't think that I'd ever let my kid go anywhere on that street.



Colorado
Thursday 18th of September 2008 12:21 pm



Watt avenue did they crash on again, what? Is it at the corner of Volt and Amp?



Ohio
Thursday 18th of September 2008 12:43 pm

tom

When our last big storm hit out here, all the neighbors came out and asked if things were okay. But I also had to explain to the neighbor from across the street that an act of god doesn't make me liable for my branch on his windsheild. I'd have like to stay inside that day. Ho-Hum.



Nebraska
Thursday 18th of September 2008 2:02 pm

bacon

Was the dog using his mobile phone? That's probably why they crashed :(



Illinois
Thursday 18th of September 2008 5:02 pm



Curious about the chairs. Did you just happen to have some on you?



Massachusetts
Thursday 18th of September 2008 5:17 pm

Tamara

I totally understand using a "disaster" to meet your neighbours. There was a fire in a house on our block a couple of months ago, and we went outside and met lots of people that live on our block that we hadn't previously met. (Even though we have lived in our house for 4 years.)



North Dakota
Thursday 18th of September 2008 5:18 pm



I have no comment. I just wanted to see what Kansas looks like.



Kansas
Thursday 18th of September 2008 7:54 pm



pshah!!! look at MEEEE!!!!



Wyoming
Thursday 18th of September 2008 8:25 pm



Nuh Uh...look at me!



Colorado
Thursday 18th of September 2008 8:26 pm



Why aren't there any round states?



North Dakota
Thursday 18th of September 2008 8:26 pm



Who need round when you've got enchantment?!



New Mexico
Thursday 18th of September 2008 8:30 pm



Go Maryland!



Maryland
Thursday 18th of September 2008 8:47 pm

Shorty VonDerskine

That's not true. Ohio is hi in the middle and round on both ends.



Ohio
Thursday 18th of September 2008 8:48 pm



That looks nothing like Maryland. Seriously.



Maryland
Thursday 18th of September 2008 8:48 pm



I think you might need to reshape me a bit. I'm supposed to have a bay in the middle.



Maryland
Thursday 18th of September 2008 8:50 pm

MacG

Whoa.



North Carolina
Thursday 18th of September 2008 9:07 pm



interesting story, but i'm really only here to represent new york. go mets.



New York
Thursday 18th of September 2008 9:10 pm



Five years ago, a stolen Ford Explorer crashed into my house. On the way to the top of my porch steps, it took out my girl friend's car and my neighbor's minivan. It was the opposite of fun. Clearly we must ban Fords.



Pennsylvania
Thursday 18th of September 2008 10:31 pm



Governor Palin threatened to fire me if I didn't post something here. Something.



Alaska
Thursday 18th of September 2008 10:38 pm



Noooo really! YOU da hoe!



Idaho
Thursday 18th of September 2008 11:05 pm



GUESS THEY DIDN'T THINK TO THEMSELVES, " WHAT WOULD ROB DO ? " ............AND RUN!!



California
Thursday 18th of September 2008 11:15 pm



Was it Barak Obama and Nancy Pelosi?



Alabama
Thursday 18th of September 2008 11:40 pm



Did you suggest they try running into a concrete bridge abutment at high speed? That usually stops the driving away shit.



Colorado
Thursday 18th of September 2008 11:41 pm



Ohio, the armpit of America.



Ohio
Friday 19th of September 2008 1:37 am



I need some Brats and Beer.



Wisconsin
Friday 19th of September 2008 5:54 am



I need a lobsta! Yessa!



Maine
Friday 19th of September 2008 5:56 am

Abby

Ye gods! How damned fast were they going? Why wasn't the driver looking out the front? Why didn't he use the brake? Bet it was an automatic. Automatics should be banned because those who cannot manage three pedals shouldn't drive at all.



Wyoming
Friday 19th of September 2008 6:03 am



PALIN!!!!!!!!!



Alaska
Friday 19th of September 2008 7:04 am



I have a feeling that the old neighbors were from, not new mexico, but you know....and that 1.5% intrest rate just ballooned to 10.5%



New Mexico
Friday 19th of September 2008 7:05 am



Oh the huge manatee



Florida
Friday 19th of September 2008 7:16 am



Why, you are all a bunch of young whipper-snappers see



Florida
Friday 19th of September 2008 7:16 am



This is not Maryland. This is a penis!



Maryland
Friday 19th of September 2008 8:19 am



I'm a square!



Washington DC
Friday 19th of September 2008 8:20 am



HI Rob!



Hawaii
Friday 19th of September 2008 8:21 am



The Eyes of Texas are upon you



Texas
Friday 19th of September 2008 8:31 am



Just thought I'd pop in and say 'Hi'



Arizona
Friday 19th of September 2008 8:54 am

graboid90

I was sitting in the convenience store near where I live, enjoying a hot roll and a cup of Mountain Dew, when all of a sudden a white Cadilac car drove over the edge of the drop off for the fire station across the street. It ended up half on and half off the curb, which was around 3 1/2 feet tall. Needless to say, I finished my snack before crossing the street to render assistance.



Kansas
Friday 19th of September 2008 12:02 pm

Andreauu

They were probably going to the drive-in movie, this being a car-culture state and all.



California
Friday 19th of September 2008 1:03 pm



fuck



New Jersey
Friday 19th of September 2008 3:12 pm

Edward Martin III

Behold a Round State! Weep in despair at my shapeological brilliance!



Hawaii
Friday 19th of September 2008 4:29 pm



HAWAII...HAII on the ends and WA in the middle!



Ohio
Friday 19th of September 2008 7:38 pm



...or is it New Maryland?



New Jersey
Friday 19th of September 2008 7:39 pm



...or Jerseyland



Maryland
Friday 19th of September 2008 7:40 pm



I was hoping it was going to be about a horse crash!



Illinois
Friday 19th of September 2008 8:05 pm



I was in a car accident recently and the chemicals and shards of plastic from the airbag really hurt my eyes. My pupils were misshapen for many months after....hope everyone's eyes are ok!



Wisconsin
Saturday 20th of September 2008 12:19 am



Was the woman cute?



South Carolina
Saturday 20th of September 2008 8:14 am



I bet they were from New Jersey



Maryland
Saturday 20th of September 2008 8:18 am



I bet they were from Maryland



New Jersey
Saturday 20th of September 2008 8:18 am



If he was from either Maryland or New Jersey...I bet he was uncircumcized, wearing a condom and just rececntly shaved his nether regions with a dull razor blade



New Mexico
Saturday 20th of September 2008 8:20 am



I like Toitles.



Tennessee
Saturday 20th of September 2008 10:28 am



we are america's High Five state!



Michigan
Saturday 20th of September 2008 10:57 am



Dick Cheney would have shot them, not given them chairs.



Wyoming
Saturday 20th of September 2008 11:17 am



It's not too often you hear something from South Dakota



South Dakota
Saturday 20th of September 2008 3:10 pm



One ping only Mr Cockerham. I would like to have seen Montana



Montana
Saturday 20th of September 2008 3:11 pm

Nick

Photoshopped



Oklahoma
Saturday 20th of September 2008 3:12 pm



M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I



Mississippi
Saturday 20th of September 2008 3:12 pm



Everything is up to date in Kansas City.



Missouri
Saturday 20th of September 2008 3:16 pm



Damn, I can't believe none of the nerds in Washington have commented yet. I just want to say that I'm disappointed the front end of the car isn't caved in more. It looks like it could have struck a flat wall.



Washington
Saturday 20th of September 2008 3:35 pm

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Wyoming
Saturday 20th of September 2008 4:14 pm



D'oh! All of my residents are leaving!



Michigan
Saturday 20th of September 2008 4:19 pm



I don't have anything worthwhile to contribute, so I'm just going to waste your time a bit.



New York
Saturday 20th of September 2008 5:53 pm



Lousy drunk drivers. Phoenix, represent!



Arizona
Saturday 20th of September 2008 6:37 pm



Pawtucket



Rhode Island
Saturday 20th of September 2008 7:57 pm



Built Ford Tough!



Louisiana
Saturday 20th of September 2008 10:37 pm



Will there be a 2009 calendar? Will this pic be in it. I have much money that needs to be spent



Illinois
Sunday 21st of September 2008 1:28 pm



It's pronounced "Ory-gun"



Oregon
Sunday 21st of September 2008 4:49 pm



Is that where Rob found the jolly green giant head? We still are waiting in suspense for the answer!



Ohio
Sunday 21st of September 2008 6:09 pm



OW Jeeze. Whels I'm glad to hear that alls you alls were oh-kay.



North Dakota
Sunday 21st of September 2008 8:36 pm



OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoklahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plains! And the wavin' wheat sures smells sweet...



Oklahoma
Sunday 21st of September 2008 9:15 pm



That ain't wheat you smell of. And it ain't sweet, believe me. . .



Texas
Monday 22nd of September 2008 9:39 am



Greetings from the land of milk and honey! and low point beer.



Utah
Monday 22nd of September 2008 1:57 pm



Not one "Congratulations" to the new home owner? I wish you and Stacy all the best in your new home. May it never flood and you lose all your family room furniture, have to replace the hot water heater, carpet, washer and dryer, etc... We flooded last week, but I'm not bitter at all!



Illinois
Monday 22nd of September 2008 4:08 pm

Ant

That's a big duck. Almost as big as the state of South Dakota



South Dakota
Tuesday 23rd of September 2008 7:29 am



Click on it...it's not a duck. It's an ANT?



Ohio
Tuesday 23rd of September 2008 9:53 am



Viagra Pillz Low Pr1ces www.cockeyed.com



New Jersey
Tuesday 23rd of September 2008 7:20 pm



6 cyl Mustang...good thing..couldn't been going too fast. :) I'll bet the dog had a role in the crash. ;)



New York
Tuesday 23rd of September 2008 9:43 pm



Hovercraft



Pennsylvania
Wednesday 24th of September 2008 12:22 pm



Where's Alabama? How come they not reppa-sentin'?



Alabama
Thursday 25th of September 2008 1:13 pm



This must be why I STILL don't have power in Houston....14 days AFTER the Hurricane came through!



Texas
Thursday 25th of September 2008 3:51 pm



Did you find the drunk driver who ran and hid in your back yard while his passengers said they were driving?



Iowa
Thursday 25th of September 2008 7:05 pm

Geraldo

Horse accidents don't happen in CA. But I did just see a hoof-bender out here. Rutheron calling!



New Mexico
Friday 26th of September 2008 12:29 am



Rob, Why is there a Dianetics ad on your website?



Washington DC
Friday 26th of September 2008 8:38 am



I've seen a lot of pixels in my life and this looks like a photoshop.



Florida
Friday 26th of September 2008 11:22 am

Damon from Chattanooga

They drove away in a car that had just deployed it's airbags? Isn't that illegal... or at least... frowned upon? I mean, of all the drivers on the road, they seem like folks who need airbags the most.



Tennessee
Friday 26th of September 2008 12:18 pm



Flaucinihilipilification



Alabama
Friday 26th of September 2008 12:42 pm



Seeing that crashed Mustang saddens me a bit.



North Carolina
Friday 26th of September 2008 7:19 pm



new hampshire baby, home of the red-spotted newto



New Hampshire
Friday 26th of September 2008 8:18 pm



Good call on the states switch, btw, huge improvement.



Oregon
Friday 26th of September 2008 11:40 pm



shake



New Jersey
Tuesday 30th of September 2008 9:07 am



and



Maryland
Tuesday 30th of September 2008 9:34 am



bake



Washington DC
Tuesday 30th of September 2008 9:34 am



I took out a phone pole this past February. it was icy outside and my truck slid into it sideways and actually bent the vehicle in half. Keep in mind it was a 1994 Ford Explorer - a big, heavy, solid vehicle. I walked away from it... albeit a little sore the next morning.



Ohio
Tuesday 30th of September 2008 9:53 pm



We had a tree fall in our front yard during a storm and much of our street was similarly affected. I met most of the street that day and had only met my neighbour before that.



Alaska
Wednesday 01st of October 2008 12:32 am



The dog spoke and they freaked! No drugs or Alcohol involved!



Washington
Wednesday 01st of October 2008 7:35 pm



AAAAAAnnd this is why small dogs, like small children, need to be in the back seat. My girlfriend and I were once rearended by a lady with some stupid little dog on her lap. One day she will do that hard enough to set off the airbag...



Massachusetts
Thursday 02nd of October 2008 1:36 am

Stateless

How come I have to pick a State. And why can't my "state" be comfortable in Canada? So far they have found $12000 in damage!



Kansas
Monday 24th of November 2008 12:57 pm

swellyn

Utility poles are designed to give way instead of killing drivers. Why no mention of the lovely SMUD truck? Was the


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