I Don't Just Brake; I Hydroplane
Early Friday morning on May 5, when it was miserable and pouring
down rain, I was traveling east on Route 54. Admittedly I was
not paying as much attention as I should have been when suddenly
I looked up and 20 feet in front of me was one lone mallard male
walking in the center of my lane. Without thinking I slammed
on my brakes. As you can imagine, my wheels locked up and I went
into a " Hail Mary-Hydroplane."
As I skidded diagonally into the marshy ditch, all I could
see was that one lone mallard male -eye to eye! When the van
finally stopped the first thing I did was look over to see if
the duck had made it. I saw him waddling across the road like
nothing had happened, and a sigh of relief rushed over me.
Thankfully, the driver behind me stopped and offered me a
ride to Fenwick Texaco for a tow.
The worst thing about this whole incident was that Joe from
Fenwick Texaco got drenched while towing me out. "Thanks,
I'm fine, the van if fine and the duck lives happily ever
after. And I would do it again!
Gina Marie Hall
Fenwick Island, DE