You can see by the pictures I took (yes, my camera goes everywhere with me!) that he narrowly missed hitting that post that is behind his car. Thankfully the fence wasn't a wooden slat fence that is so common to see around here because that is so dangerous to hit as the the wood can go right through the windshield. This fence was a large grid, heavy gauge wire fence. If he had slid off the road about 10 yards before he did it would have been so much worse. It was much steeper, rockier and would have caused a lot of damage and probably hurt him.
When we got to him the farmer who owns the land where the fence keeps his cows was there with Jordan. He told us that the fence has been hit in the same place multiple times and three of those times were recently! Some of the posts were STILL on the ground from the last time it was hit!
It took a few hours for the tow truck to arrive. It was thundering and lightening and pouring down rain while we waited. The rain stopped just before the tow truck came. The car was pulled out of the ditch and towed back to our house where we have to wait to examine the car to see if there is any damage that is not visible, like to the underside of the car. There were no new scratches, or dents in the car (amazing!) except for the passengers side mirror was ripped off because it was caught in the fence. There were some horrible noises coming from the car when it was pulled up out -- groaning as if fighting the pull of the wench that was doing it's job to rescue it from the ditch.
It was a long night. We finally fell back into bed at almost 3:30 and I heard Tim groan when I asked what time he had to get up...... 4:45 was his reply. Not a lot of sleep. Definitely a nap after church was on the to-do list.
We are thankful that Jordan wasn't hurt. We know it could have been much worse. It made us realize one more time how quickly things can change. We are very happy that in this instance the outcome was good.