Wednesday, November 3rd 2010
A few weeks ago I stopped by in a magnificent oak meadow along the way to work, by Hjulstabron outside Enköping. I will remember that day for a long time because after leaving the meadow and crossing the bridge I came across a biker that had been hit head on by a car. On a 90 kph (56 mph) road.
He was lying in the ditch. Two other guys had already called the ambulance and were taking care of him. Amazingly he was alive and breathing, but obviously badly hurt and unconscious. One of them asked me to check the deep wound in his leg to make sure he wasn’t losing a lot of blood. Thankfully, he wasn’t.
Three ambulances arrived and I was asked to leave since I hadn’t actually witnessed the accident. He was taken to the hospital in Uppsala. His injuries were
life threatening according to the press information from the hospital. I still don’t know if he survived, and I doubt I ever will know.
All in all it was a very strange mix of amazing natural beauty and grim, brutal reality. All in the space of less than five minutes.
Working at a paper I have seen quite a few accident scenes, but somehow this was completely different. Even though I had my camera with me in my car I never thought once of getting it out. It is standard procedure to take shots of the ambulances and the police cars, parked across the road and blocking it for other traffic. I felt a bit stupid when I got to work and realized that I had my camera with me all the time.