Commercial plumber Dominic Laufenberg, 21, recently shared with reporter Rick Lund of the Seattle Times an unbelievable story of his miraculous survival when a train going 79 miles per hour T-boned his 2015 Ford Mustang on the driver’s side. Laufenberg has no recollection of the accident itself, but was headed home after having dinner with his father when he came to the railroad crossing that had no guard rails on September 29.
When he woke up he was bloodied in the remains of his vehicle and had been knocked through the air 100 feet upon impact. No one on the train was hurt, but parts of Laufenberg’s car were scattered in bits and pieces in different parts of the crash scene. After being extracted from the wreckage and rushed to the hospital, the only injuries he had other than minor cuts and bruises were a broken arm and concussion when he probably should have been dead or in the ICU on life support. The broken arm required surgery with steel plates and screws, but that was all. The cast has now been removed and Laufenberg is in physical therapy to strengthen it.
He was tested by the police to see if he had any drugs or alcohol in his system and tested clean, so the police ticketed him for suspicion of misdeameanor reckless driving. Laufenberg considers every day now a little more special and is thankful he is here to enjoy the holidays. The article never mentions whether or not he’s a Christian, but any time a person survives an incident like this, even if caused by their own carelessness, I’m of the opinion it’s a sign that God has some purpose for them to fulfill. My prayer is that this young man will realize that, if he hasn’t already, and will act on what the Lord wants him to do. Maybe this is also a reminder to all of us that each day of life God blesses us with is another opportunity presented to us to glorify him in some way. no matter how small.
Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee. For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living? Psalm 56:12-13