Our Greater Family

A mangled truck that lay in the water off to the left of the railroad track where an Amtrak train collided  with the truck and trailer carrying a jet ski with it off Orwood Road in Byron, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. A woman floating in the water was hit by the truck and the woman and the driver of the truck were taken by helicopter with unknown injuries. (Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)

A mangled truck that lay in the water off to the left of the railroad track where an Amtrak train collided with the truck and trailer carrying a jet ski with it off Orwood Road in Byron, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. A woman floating in the water was hit by the truck and the woman and the driver of the truck were taken by helicopter with unknown injuries. (Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)

(photo from the Contra Costa Times)

Most of us know Pat Crane, who has been playing cards in the Diablo Valley area longer than I have.  Last month, her grand daughter Mackenzie was floating on a raft in the Middle River, near Brentwood.  Minding her own business.

A truck was on the railroad tracks.  So was the train.  The train hit the truck, and punted it into the water–right on top of Mackenzie.

She was airlifted to John Muir.  After 10 days in the trauma unit, she was transferred to Kaiser Vacaville.

The doctors hope she will be able to walk by next April.

The truck driver was uninsured.

Even with decent health insurance, this is a devastating financial blow for her family  They have set up a  Go Fund Me account at   https://www.gofundme.com/et2q2bn6 to help them weather this storm.

I called Pat to confirm this story before I posted it.  Now I know why we haven’t seen her on Wednesdays lately, though she hope to return this week.

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