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Pastoral Times journo shares crash story

Deniliquin Pastoral Times journalist Tyla Harrington relives her horror crash in Echuca last week.

TYLA HARRINGTON February 26, 2013 4:43am

Tyla HarringtonAs a young driver you hear about car accidents all the time, but you never think it could happen to you.

Unfortunately it did happen to me. Thankfully, I’m here to tell the story.

On Thursday I failed to give way at an intersection in Echuca, smashing my vehicle and another vehicle beyond repair.

Thankfully both drivers walked away uninjured.

I still can’t believe I didn’t see the other car.

So now I would tell anyone who’ll listen to look both ways, take your time, take in your surroundings and to check your blind spots all the time.

For me it was just any other day on my way from Echuca to Deni.

I always thought a car collision would play out in slow motion, just like the movies, but it’s the opposite.

Everything happened so quickly. Once I was out of the car it took me some time to remember what had caused it to begin with.

It’s an incredible feeling being hurled within the car, and the noise is just as frightening.

After the collision all I remember is smoke and the airbags. Had I known what was waiting for me outside the vehicle I think I would’ve stayed in the car.

The aftermath is the worst part — you get a front seat view — and it’s not a nice feeling.

Everything became so real so quickly.

Within minutes every emergency service was on the scene.

The first thing I remember is looking for the other driver.

I can’t imagine what I would’ve done had he not been okay.

There was glass everywhere and people running around in a frenzy.

What was on my mind? This destruction and devastation was because of me.

My car — my pride and joy — was the last thing on my mind. All I could think about was how I had caused this accident.

Once I was home and the adrenaline faded, the soreness and shock started to take over my body.

I’m sure if it hadn’t been my fault I wouldn’t have been half as sore.

I can’t count the number of times my parents have warned me about looking both ways, and taking your time.

Being a 19 year-old driver, I’ve had it drummed into me from the beginning and it still didn’t work.

How lucky I am. I was in a serious accident and everyone left the scene uninjured — that’s not always the case.

It’s taken a serious accident for me to really appreciate the stop, look and listen message. Don’t let it take you until a crash to hear this message.

The trip might take a bit longer, but let me assure you a couple of seconds is a lot better than causing an accident that might kill yourself or someone else.

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