For all the fear-mongering headlines about airplane crashes, your chance of dying while driving versus flying is magnitudes higher. I sadly witnessed the scene of a serious car crash in Frankfurt.
Witnessing A Car Crash Scene In Frankfurt – A Haunting Experience
I was having dinner with friends ahead of my flight to Vienna. After a lovely dinner on my friend’s terrace in Westend, I proceeded toward the S-Bahn (train) station to return to Mainz. On Taunusanlage, near the Alte Oper, I came upon a crash scene.
Two cars had collided. I watched someone being removed on a stretcher and bowed my head to pray. What a tragic incident. The good news is that person, though gravely injured, survived. The bad news is that the crash was so unnecessary in the first place…it was apparently caused by some hoodlums who had failed to pull over and started a high-speed police pursuit through the busy streets of Frankfurt.
Our lives our fragile…I’ve reflected on that many times on Live and Let’s Fly. But to think that a man or woman just driving home from work became collateral damage is tough to stomach. It’s tough to see it right in front of you. Even if a crash victim survives, injuries are often permanent and there is long-term emotional damage as well.
And the humbling thing is that sometimes, no matter how careful we are, we get caught up in something horrible.
Here’s the point: appreciate each day, seek truth, and focus your priorities on what matters most. I had just enjoyed a BBQ with friends. Good steak, good wine, good conversation. It could just have easily had been me crossing the street 10 minute early and been plowed down by the hooligans in the white Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.
The three guys in the car jumped out after the crash and started running. Apparently, they escaped. But even if they evade the justice system, their conscience will convict them and they will live with the burden of their guilt, even if it only manifests itself in the quiet of the night as they lie sleepless in bed.
There is nothing you can practically do to prevent against incidents like this. This is life.
This is part of my summer in Germany trip report.