I still remember the car crash
that happened when I was sixteen years old in Nigeria.
I can still remember the fear and
panic that I felt. I can remember the forest and I get nightmares
Here is what happened
It was a cold, dark, stormy
and rainy night when we were making our way back home. Beside us
was a huge, dense forest. Thunder roared. The enormous wind
rustled the tress leaves from. I was awake. My sister; May was
asleep beside me. Her long black hair fell across her face. She
looked like she was dreaming a dream that would never end. I
suppose she was dreaming about Barbie because she loved her. Dad
was whistling a tune by Hawk Nelson which was playing on the
radio in the car, while Mum was listening to one of her favourite
classics by Jane Austen on her mp3. I was looking out of the
window wondering why we even decided to leave my cousin's house
at that time of the night. It was 9:00pm. On the news, there
hadn't been a forecast for bad weather on our way back to
Then all of a sudden,
lightning struck and our car swerved off the road. Dad yelled and
Mum screamed. Our car started to roll. May screamed. We slammed
into a tree. My head slammed really hard on the window straight
from the impact and my world went blank.
Then I woke up.
I looked around my surroundings. I
was in the family car and it was stuffy. I could still hear the
song 'Letters to the President' playing on the radio. The beat of
the song gave my head a pounding headache. I was drenched with
sweat. My hair was wet. It felt as if I was just getting out of
the water. May was laying on the seat with her hair ion her face.
She didn't move a muscle. Something was trickling down my temple.
I wiped it using my hand. The pain stung really badly. What I saw
made my blood run cold.
I saw blood.
I looked at myself. My blue
t-shirt was covered in blood. I stared at my front. Mum and Dad
were slumped down on the two front seats. Mum's book was on the
I looked outside my window. The
forest was with tall trees, overgrown grass and it was really
dense. The place was quiet and eerie. It looked like a graveyard.
Rain was falling hard. The trees looked as if they were going to
fall down. Their leaves rustled from side to side. Lightning
struck a tree instantly. The tree landed on the ground with a
loud bang that made the car vibrate. Thunder roared angrily in
the sky. I removed my gaze away from the window. My spine
shivered and I put my hand over my chest. My heart was pounding
as if it would burst from my chest. The hairs on my back stood on
the end. My breathing became faster and faster. I began to panic.
Then I screamed the loudest scream that I had ever
I kept on screaming until my mouth
went dry. I couldn't hold my breath any longer screaming. I
couldn't believe what was happening. I thought everything that
was happening was a dream. We were driving then we end up here.
It was still. The car was quiet. I touched my sister. She was
warm and her breathing was regular. She had a cut from her fore
head. Dad and Mum were unconscious but Mum had slammed her head
so she was bleeding.
Dad had a huge scar across his
cheek. Blood was gushing from his wounds. He had hurt his arm and
he looked horrible.
I was sick. I felt like throwing
up in the car. The aroma was disgusting. I needed help. I didn't
know my way around the forest. I wanted to get out of the car but
another part of me wanted to stay in the car. What was out there?
What if I got even deeper in the forest and couldn't get out?
Then I would die a slow and agonizing death.
I took in a deep breath. Dad had
always told me that I had to stop thinking negative and now was
the time to stop. I grabbed the door handle and tried to open the
door but the door wouldn't budge. I tried again and again but the
door stayed firm.
I looked at my right hand side.
The door had been mangled. 'This doesn't look good.' I
I looked at my sister's door. I
could easily open it. I removed my seat belt. Blood was smeared
over it. I stood up and my head instantly banged on the roof. I
crouched down and began to make my way towards the door.
Once I got to the door handle I
grabbed it. I wanted to get out of the car. It was a filthy,
disgusting prison. The door opened instantly and I fell out of
the car and onto the ground.
I landed really hard on the
ground. The ground had twigs, leaves and dirt. Prickles were on
the ground. Lots of the prickles stuck on my shirt. I bit my lip.
My head was pounding. I didn't move from the ground for some
time. The air didn't smell fresh. I began to throw up on the
ground. I looked around. All I could see were tall, dark,
gigantic tress and our car mangled up in front of a tree. Twigs,
branches and leaves on the car. They must have fallen from the
I looked around again. Then I
began walking north. I was making my way through leaves, sticks,
branches and overgrown grass. Then when I thought of giving up
hope, I saw a pathway with tyre markings on the dirt. I walked
toward the marks and I saw the road. I fell on my knees. I had to
I went and stood in the middle of
the road. After five minutes, I saw headlights.
I wanted to move but I stood firm.
The car was coming at my direction at high speed. I knew the car
wouldn't stop in time. I saw the face of the driver. It was a
woman. I could see the fear and surprised look on her face. She
screamed when she saw me and tried to stop the car but she
couldn't. I ran to the other side of the road.
The car stopped. The woman then
got out of the car. I couldn't make out her face in the dark.
"Are you okay?" she asked. Her voice was shaky. "I need your
help. I was just involved in a car accident and my family is
unconscious in the car. They are in the forest."
The woman put her hand over her
mouth. She then grabbed her cell phone and called 199. She gave
made me give the paramedic on the phone the details of the
accident and where it had happened.
The ambulance was there within
minutes. I took them into the forest. They found my family and
attended to them. They had to cut mum and dad from the car
because their doors were mangled.
Then I was attended to. I had a
huge cut on my stomach. My wounds were attended to. We then got
taken to the hospital.
Mum, Dad and May woke up in the
hospital in the afternoon the next day.