Near-accident makes me into a chicken.

This morning I witnessed a very scary near-accident. A dark red ford was going north on 33rd and tried to turn left onto Chestnut. Yes, left, as in head on into two lanes of oncoming one way traffic. Fortunately that traffic was stopped at the light. Several horns sounded as the ford turned and nearly clipped a stopped car. Realizing their mistake, they threw it in reverse and tried to back into the intersection just as a SEPTA LUCY bus was roaring through northbound on 33rd. The pedestrians on the corner around me let out a choruses of “Oh my god” and gasps. I’m ashamed to say I covered my eyes with my hand like a big scaredy cat and hunched up my shoulders, bracing for the *scrapecrunchshatted* of metal and glass. Nothing.

Apparently the bus missed the car by a very close margin. It’s been said that it’s human nature to watch a car or train wreck, hence the phenomenon of rubbernecking. I feel I should have been watching in case the police needed eyewitnesses. I have no idea what made me cover my eyes, it’s an interesting reaction, one I need not repeat.

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