Actually, I saw only one dead person, which is one more dead person than I ever wanted to see. The day started very early for me. I am car pooling now because of an assinine decision (that is a whole other entry, which I will make once it is resolved) made by my second line manager. Len, Doug and I met at the office close to my house to begin our commute to the Dallas office. En route, I asked Doug (my boss) what I would be doing today. He said he wanted me to accompany him to Grand Prarie. The subject got changed and when we got to Dallas it was then that I found out that most of the crew on duty at that time would be going to Grand Prairie to pick up some frame blocks with 300' of 100 pair cable attached. It seems a former employee that had control over ordering this type of material got very creative in his job. He had his mom open her own business, placed orders for the cable in excess of what he needed, had the overage sent to his mom's storage unit, and resold it to the phone company. He was very cooperative today when we went to retrieve the cables. I can surmise he was so, in an effort to reduce any sentence that might come his way. Anyway, Doug and I started our journey to GP at around 8:40AM. The I30 HOV stayed open til 9AM and since we qualified we decided to use that route to Grand Prairie. We were in the left most lane and a lady in the next lane driving evenly with us, decided she wanted to be where we were; exactly where we were. Doug, using evasive manuevers, avoided a collision with her. She was oblivious to our presence on the road. A few moments later, traffic was stopped. We were about the 5th car behind the lead car of our lane. The lanes ahead of that were empty. All the lanes to our right were stopped as well. We could not see what was causing our delay. I asked Doug if he wanted me to run and see what the problem was. It was about that time that I noticed the lead cars trickling down the highway---one car, a pickup truck, "oh I can see something in the road!---oh my God, it is a man!" The police cars were just arriving. Shortly, we were the lead car. He was still laying there, uncovered, not moving, his shoes about 15' away. The police were busy about the task of working the accident. A short distance away, a woman was consoling another woman who was distraught.
I tried to find the details of this accident before making this entry. I am assuming the man died because noone was attending to him. I could not see a vehicle that may have been caused in a mishap, so I am thinking that he may have been a pedestrian.Posted by Rita at August 27, 2003 08:38 PM