Monday, March 28, 2011

Injury Chronicles Update

So I'm starting to heal up and I think all of my owwies have made themselves evident here's the full roster:

Bruised and possibly cracked ribs, right side, three of em or so.

Jammed/sprained wrist, I thought it was sprained then it popped and felt a little better but it's still sore enough that I think it's sprained too.

One nick on my forehead.

Bruising on my knees from hitting the dash.

Sore back, and right shoulder.

Goose egg that's nowhere near as big as I expected it to be.

All in all I got off light.

And, since everyone is curious about how exactly the elk got on the roof, here's the breakdown based on what I saw and the damage.

Refer to the photos for visuals.

Elk came out of the right hand ditch, and attempted to jump the hood. His back legs leave the ground before getting whacked by the passenger side headlight, starting him spinning to face the rear of the car.

Shoulder/chest impacts around the middle of the roof at the top of the windshield, gut hits just inside the passenger side door post, hindquarters wrap around the side of the car.

Momentum carries his shoulders up over the roof and he slides off leaving the smear on the passenger rear door.

I came to a stop shortly after the end of the blood trail on the highway.

DM says the bit of elk stuff in the passenger floorboard was likely stomach rather than lung, which could have come in either through the windshield as he hit or the passenger window as he slid by.

That's as near as I can figure, anyway. Right up to the part where I hit his back legs, I KNOW that's what happened. The rest is based on that and the damage to the car and my very general knowledge of physics.


teke175 said...

I think this group is getting a little too good at analyzing auto/critter accidents.

Let not have any more test cases.

I am glad to hear that you're doing good.

Anonymous said...

Truly one of the bloodiest cases of venicide I have personally witnessed.

Yer guess on the chain of events seems accurate enuff.


Anonymous said...

Also, the "gut item" on the floor most likely flopped straight down...
See the 5th pic down...
Note the massive "KNIFE" at roof above the passenger seat...

OrangeNeck said...

Did they let you keep the meat?

Rev. Paul said...

I'm just glad you're still moving & able to write about it.

Old NFO said...

Probably as good a recap as any... Glad no 'serious' injuries have shown up. The car is replaceable, YOU are not. And I'd agree with hogdog, the separation of the body cavity probably occurred due to to impact with the front edge of the roof.

Kristopher said...

At least you weren't going for more horsepower ....

TXGunGeek said...

Glad to hear you are doing semiOK after this. Definitely could have been much worse. This is the exact reason why Ranch Hand front end replacements exist. The Mrs was in a near fatal in her truck and two weeks after we got a replacement (2500HD extended cab 4X) with a Ranch Hand front end on it, I hit a travel trailer and the truck towing it broadside at 70MPH. Got out and limped away from it.

There's much to be said for stout vehicles

momiss said...

This was actually my first thought when I heard the Dept. of Conservation was releasing them in the SE part of MO. I live in the NE part, but we have had Elk farms for years and they are BIG! So glad you are ok!