On Saturday Feb. 9 I was driving from Salmon Arm to Smithers to visit my daughter. Just south of 150 Mile House, on slushy roads, I lost control of my car and smashed into a huge boulder in the ditch on the other side of the highway.
Fortunately, my car went in backwards and I was able to walk away without a scratch.
While I waited for the tow truck to arrive, numerous people stopped to ask if I needed assistance, some even offering to wait with me and share the warmth of their vehicles. That day and for several days to come I would feel the outpouring of kindness, concern and support of total strangers.
I have compiled a list of the people I would like to acknowledge.
All the motorists who stopped — your thoughtfulness and generosity was appreciated.
BCAA — I’m sorry that I did not get the name of the woman who answered my call but her first concern was for my health and safety.
Lawrence — the tow truck driver (and his dad) from Bee Jay Towing in Williams Lake whose friendly conversation kept me calm in the aftermath of my accident.
Ken and all his staff at Bee Jay Towing who gave me helpful advice and transportation to the rental car agency.
Denise at National Car Rental who efficiently got me into a rental so I could continue my trip.
Keith at Chap’s Auto Body in Williams Lake for his humour, advice and assistance.
Bill at ICBC in Williams Lake for his understanding, knowledge and guidance.
Kemi at ICBC in Salmon Arm without whose first-rate customer service, professionalism, and diligence I would have been lost.
And finally Tim at Vernon Toyota whose excellent salesmanship put me into the precise vehicle for my needs.
Although my car did not fare as well as me and was written off I am thankful to all those responsible for allowing me to enjoy the remainder of my vacation.