We had just picked up my sister and brother-in-law at the Charlotte airport and were heading into the mountains. We got as far as Hickory. The HH stopped for a yellow light and by the time it turned red we were catapulted through the intersection and landed on the other side. It happened so fast we didn't even know what happened until the car stopped. My sister's headrest was torn off. Her suitcase was broken in half, windows were knocked out and the roof was split. My brother-in-law went by ambulance to the hospital to get checked out and the rest of us under our own steam.
My head knows we were very lucky, my psyche is trying to catch up.
On the upside, the EMTs, firemen and police were great. Especially the firemen. I don't know if you've ever been in a similar situation, but after the paperwork is filled out, if you aren't taken away in an ambulance you're basically left at the curb. The police were good enough to tell us who to call for a rental and the firemen volunteered to take the luggage to the firehouse where we could pick it up later. After quite a bit of time on the phone with the insurance company then signing up for the rental we went to ER to get checked out. While there one of the firemen called and asked if we'd like our luggage dropped off. We said sure. A little while later, here comes the firetruck with our luggage in tow. Firemen, they're the best.