Smashed, Crashed and Mashed – Tow Truck Vultures

It’s been a very stressful few days, I’ve been meaning to blog about this since Friday…but I was busy, then I was asleep, then I was traumatised, then I was depressed about being a dumbass…

The moral of the story is:

a) Concrete walls are stronger than cars

b) Don’t try and beat the orange light if you aren’t ‘that’ close and you don’t know the road

c) Don’t go too fast round corners when you don’t know the road

d) Don’t go fast at all around those areas the tow-truck vultures hang around with their cans of roadshine oil

e) Don’t take corners fast when you have extra weight in the back you aren’t used to, the back end WILL spin out

If not…the result might look like this:

So what happened you ask? I was rushing back from Bangsar after meeting some friends for supper…as it was Thursday night I didn’t want to get home too late as I had work the next day, so I came down towards the lights exiting Bangsar back towards KL, Jalan Johar I think where there is a sharp corner up to join the highway…

I passed the junction and went round the corner, the car skidded round, like a normal tight corner, the tyres squealing, I thought it was going to be ok.. After the apex, the extra weight of 2-passengers in the back pushed the back end out, the car span slightly, oversteering, I fought to get back control and it jack-knifed 3-4 times, I thought I had control back when it flicked at the last minute straight into the concrete wall, there was a flurry of sparks, then stillness, and shock..

Then 8 guys with walkie talkies and name cards appeared 6 seconds later…suspicious no? They looked so happy too, they were literally cheering, that kinda disturbed me.

I know the corner under the highway to Eastin hotel is known for ‘oily’ conditions, a lot of accidents and these tow-truck vultures..but I didn’t know about this corner, I can’t blame them though, even if they did put oil on the road, I should have been going at a speed that it wouldn’t matter.

There was another wing mirror on the floor beside my car, exactly at the same spot I hit the wall, at first I thought it was mine, but I checked, and mine were still on…looks like they were having a good night.

I have contacts at Thong Hing though, so I refused to let them touch the car unless they got someone from Thong Hing..

The police were there within minutes too, looking for some ‘kopi duit‘, they wanted to get me for drinking and driving, but well they didn’t have a breathalyzer and I wasn’t drunk. So fuck them.

I had no camera and my phone can’t really take pictures at night, so there’s no shots from the incident..These pictures are the from the next day at the repair shop.

It’s going to take 2-3 weeks to repair aswell…because the engine bay got pushed in slightly so they need to take the engine out to straighten it, hit at an akward angle. So I’m kinda carless again, different reason from last time..But I’m hoping to go back to UK in a week or so, so it should be fixed when I get back from my holiday.

I got home about 3am, but was so pumped full of adrenaline I couldn’t sleep…

I kept replaying the incident in my head, running through all the what-if’s…

What if I’d stopped for the red light

What if it hadn’t rained earlier that day

What if my friends took a taxi back and I had no weight in the back

What if I hadn’t gone that night at all and met them on Friday instead

What if, what if…

All pointless as it’s already happened.

Friday was filled with going to the workshop to retrieve some things from my car, thankfully my laptop had been safely stored, and my friends car keys which were in my glove box..

Filled out the forms for the Insurance claim and to authorise the repairs, then headed to the police station to make the report..

I had to pay RM300 for ‘losing control’ and the guy wouldn’t take any discount at all…and I had to pay on the spot because I’m a ‘foreigner’.

After the headed home and slept, slept a lot.

Well that’s my story, a story of a dumbass who drove into a concrete wall.

As my friend said it was a good accident, any accident everyone can walk away from is a good accident. There was only one injury, a broken fingernail[/url].

That’s my lesson, don’t drive into concrete walls, it’s fucking scary, and beware of places that might have oil on the road, because your car will spin like a mofo (look out for a group of towtruck drivers drinking coffee).

I’m just truly thankful no-one was hurt, no other cars were involved, only my vehicle and my ego were damaged.




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30 Responses to Smashed, Crashed and Mashed – Tow Truck Vultures

  1. Vader July 17, 2005 at 2:57 am #

    wowza..wot was d speed into the corner ?

    i hate those vultures too n of cuz d police wasnt of any help as usual.

    chill dood..

  2. Wingz July 17, 2005 at 4:12 am #

    those fuckers (the towtrucks) purposely “waxed” the road with their fav lubes and wait for accidents to happen! sometime i wonders if someone die from that do they ever feel guilty bout it ? mahchowhai …. anyway glad that you and kim are fine thats all that matters.

  3. die Kaiserin July 17, 2005 at 6:01 am #

    i guess it does prove one thing . .how incredibly “helpful” police are ..
    some high degree of ‘altruism’ we’re talking here.


  4. thoughtless July 17, 2005 at 9:32 am #

    these police are sometimes racist too.. if youre the same race as them they will usually say “tidak apa” and stuff and let you go without a fine..

  5. sonicwall July 17, 2005 at 10:27 am #

    Your car may be damaged. But, thankfully you are ok and nothing happen to you. Please drive carefully next time, you ain’t Michael Schumacher.

  6. Giant Sotong July 17, 2005 at 10:28 am #

    Eww. Heard about it from Kim. Glad everyone’s OK.

  7. Reta July 17, 2005 at 10:29 am #

    hey…the effect is exactly the same to the damage to my car. but I wasn’t driving and I distracted the driver. damage = 800. car I knocked into = 400


  8. multidimid July 17, 2005 at 11:02 am #

    There are NO accidents.

    You form and create your reality, and this applies all the way up or down the scale, from the consciousness you now have to the tiniest molecule in the tiniest eyelash on your body.

    It is only when you are not willing to face consciously your own beliefs, and face them through and make distinctions, that seemingly unconscious accidents occur: when all of a sudden you are not as quick as you should be; or, when all of a sudden, your reactions are not as good; when a car comes that should not be there.

  9. 8555 July 17, 2005 at 12:30 pm #

    I was hurt at around the same spot on my body, very painful. Hit by an oncoming Satria.

    but good to know you guys were OK.

  10. summer July 17, 2005 at 1:15 pm #

    Ha! What a coincidence!! I juz bumped my car into someone else’s bumper last night… but it was a light graze… Take care and luckily you’re alright…

  11. FireAngel July 17, 2005 at 7:38 pm #


    That being said.. glad ur ok.


  12. Andreas July 17, 2005 at 7:47 pm #

    Read it also at Kim’s. Glad u r ok. Really, a car is just a car, and hey – repairs are way cheaper here than in the UK or Germany. So take it easy. Of course, an accident is kind of traumatic, but you will get over it, for sure. Probably the police is reading your blog – about a Mat Salleh partying and drinking – and surely they thought that you must have been loaded 🙂 Now you lost their readership, mah!

  13. KY July 17, 2005 at 9:04 pm #

    Good thing everyone’s unhurt.

  14. dSaint July 17, 2005 at 10:52 pm #

    at least everyones ok. i still have those “wat ifs” scenario about my accident, and mine was like 2 years ago. heh!

  15. oliviasy July 18, 2005 at 12:08 am #

    oh dear. at least you’re ok. be more careful nxt time lor.

  16. ShaolinTiger July 18, 2005 at 3:00 am #

    Probably 60+ when I should have been going 40 :/

    Didn’t really have time to look at the speedo tho

  17. ShaolinTiger July 18, 2005 at 3:01 am #

    Yah lanjiao, I wonder how they feel if someone really badly injured…

  18. ShaolinTiger July 18, 2005 at 3:02 am #

    Wor, no insurance?

  19. ShaolinTiger July 18, 2005 at 3:03 am #

    Yeah seems like the season at the moment, balai was packed, cos of the rain and the holiday season, loads of ciplak cars on the road.

  20. ShaolinTiger July 18, 2005 at 3:05 am #

    Yeah some kinda dumb human nature to always question ‘what if?’

  21. jaggedthots July 18, 2005 at 3:12 am #

    ah ha! same kind of dubious conditions like my accident years ago. Braked but car skidded for like 20 metres (speed 60kmh), towers ‘appear’ in less than 10 seconds… did I mentioned a ‘ghost’ pace car changing lanes every half second?

    However, glad you are ok and pity the broken nail … heh heh. Maybe we should go diving sometime… (ps I’m not gay)

  22. suanie July 18, 2005 at 3:46 am #

    *pats* but the car wasn’t an accident virgin anyway 😛

    but u all are ok that’s good

  23. aw3 July 18, 2005 at 4:02 am #

    Good thing everyone is all right, mate.

    The Chinese say when one bad thing happens, one good thing will follow.

  24. bUttsHAk3r July 18, 2005 at 5:17 am #

    consider yourself lucky. i crashed out once, though i doubt it was the work of anyone waxing the floor.
    there was no one else in my car, but i still spun off the road and ended upside down. car died, i stayed alive, unharmed. i didn’t have a car for 6 months, after that incident 🙁
    and a whole lot of what-ifs as well.

  25. GAMBs July 18, 2005 at 6:36 am #

    wow man. thank god ur ok… the 666 post kinda creeps me out after i read abt ur incident in kimberlycun’s page.. but its all good, ur safe and noone’s hurt! Careful!

  26. Kimberly Low July 18, 2005 at 7:32 am #

    u know his meter stopped at 007999??? flip it and u get 666…

  27. TheGreatFaggot July 18, 2005 at 2:25 pm #

    Should Learn How To Drift Man :p

    Note : Was Hoping That Some Mofos Hit Your Car So That I Can Be Your Hero …BTW I Was In ThePolice Station Again :/

  28. michaelooi July 19, 2005 at 5:53 am #

    glad you’re ok dude

  29. gorgon July 20, 2005 at 3:28 am #

    yeah, damaged ego hurts really bad

  30. Mack Zulkifli July 22, 2005 at 9:24 pm #

    Still .. it gave way to a great blog entry. That bloody corner is a rather ‘oily’ place mate. Police reports has been made but then nothing seems to change. Often, the police also arrive a few seconds after the tow truck vendors, or at least a few minutes after.

    Thankfully you are all right. Have a good trip back and do get back here in one piece. Cheers.

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