Taken with Nikon F2as and Nikkor 50 2.o AIS
I have sitting on this image for several years.
Going through some boxes last week and I found the newpaper clip with my photo's from the wreck and than yesterday and I found this print.. And I think it's time to put it out there..
The day started off my Student David and I driving out south of Calgary to scope out a wedding locations. I was going to photograph his weddig the next week and I wanted to see the location of the ceremony and re-ception at his father huge cattlle farm...
They had a beautifull garden with blossoming flowers and had a gazebo .. The loction ws really quite pretty.
While driving out there I nioticed David was hugging the yellow line of the highway.. Given the speed and the wide shoulder I felt there was no reason to be that close to the on coming traffic..
While sitting in the passanger seat, I asked David and motioning with my hand to get over to the right...
He comment that ... "he liked to see what was coming" ..
I replied... David on the other side of the yelloe line is nothing but death..
And again asked him to move over.. Still he refused. Being incredibly head strong stubborn Still he resisted...
David happened to Champain Power lifter as well as being a bouncer and a talented martial artist in his own right....
Than I said, David if you don't move over I am going to punch you in the head and than grab the wheel ...he looked over, and we both smiled ..
It takes a strong man to train a man David and although I never would have hit him .. and we both knew it. He got the point..
Well he said.. "You are my Sensei".. And as he went to the right side of the lane.. And smiling again.. "I don't want to get puched in the head..
So we check out where the wedding was going to be the next week end. I took a few picture's of the place and start driving back to Calgary..
David was anxious to get home to see his very pregant girl friend and I wanted to get home to be with my Wife and three childern two dogs and four cats..
So as where driving in the distances I see what I can only describe as I toal mess on the highways.. Even from several hundred yards I could see that it was a crash crash and it was really bad.
I said to David to "David it's a really bad wreck and I think it just happend"
All David said was "Oh my God"
So as we got closer. He muttered "I used to be an EMT" .. I said "good maybe you can help"
So as we pulled up I grabbed my Vintage 1936 Carl Zeiss 180 2.8 and attached it to my Nikon F2as .. My hands where all really shaking and I dropped my Nikkor 50 2.0 AIS on the floor board of David's car..
Davided parked far enough away to leave room for the Fire trucks and ambulance that was sure to come..
So as David Ran up to the crash. I sayed back as another by stander from the other side arrived to the Truck and opened the door and reached in and started pulling people out.
First out was the mom, who although looked shaken looked unharmed..
Than came the first kids... I started to lose it..
Thinking OMG, there kids in there
But the first liitle girl stepped out, and than another little boy and they where totally fine..
I breathed a sigh of releif.. Just as David reahed the truck , the other man. Reached in an in his arms was the white limp body of a little boy..
He was white and wearing his bathing suit.. They must have come from the beach...
His abdomine was destended and I could tell from the his belly not moving ..
He was already gone..
So I ran up, and with the help of lady who came out of know where we turned the other two kids away and wrapped a blanket around them..
I kneeled down and told them that they had been in a accident and everything was going to be okay.. And it was really important they looked the other way..
So at this point David started working on the little guy..
They where doing CPR and pumping his little chest...
He kept feeling for a pulse...I took a few shots..
And it took everything in power to stop shaking enough, to not get a blurry photo...
I went around to the other side of the truck and what I saw will haunt me untill I die..
The semi had sheared off the the side of the truck and the Driver had his left arm... sheared off.. Him and the truck looked like a disgusting abstract with body parts blood and oil all mixing in together in a grotesque abstract..
Even thought it sickened me . I took a few shots and walked over.. At that point he regained consciences and when he moved. Blood started spurting out of the place his arm use to attach to his torso..
I thought OMG he is still alive..
I ran back over to David and they had the young boy upside down with blood draining out of his mouth and nose...
I said to David..as he gentle set the little guy down again and checked his pulse again Shaking his head.. nodding no.
I said he gone David.. You got to save the Dad .. He is still alive..
But David didnt move, and kept doing CPR on the little boy.
So I grabbed the other man who must have been the driver of the Semi ,. and we went over and using a towel we applied Direct presure to the mans wound..
In the distance I heard the sirens..
The rest of the incident is frankly a blur...
All I remember from the ride home with David and telling him "he did a great job trying to save the little boy.. There was just nothing that could have been done.".
We started crying and he pulled over for a bit.
My wife was late for work at the phatmacy. And I so I called her to tell her what happend . And I quickly went to the Super Store to "soup" the film and than grt home.. I phoned the paper and than grabbed my kids and took them with me to get the film and get down to the Calgary Sun to drop off the film..
I didnt show the pictures to my kids. And the folks at the sun where really nice to us, as they decided which pictures to use for the nexts days paper...
It was a front page story and my photo's (not this one) ran in page three..
The quote the will always stick with me was somthing that David said..
"It stuck me how fast how peices of your world can be taken away"..
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