Because our car accident a few years ago happened on the way to Koutiala, the road trip is always very difficult for Julie as she is haunted by memories of the accident when we're on that road. She spent several days psyching herself up for this trip and reached a point of being okay to travel. We left yesterday traveling on the YWAM bus from Bamako to Koutiala. On the bus, the travel time is about 7 hours. About a third of the way through our trip, we came upon an accident that had just happened. A bus and a car hit each other head on at high speed. The bus fell down a small embankment. As we arrived on the scene, people were wandering around dazed and confused. There was flaming debris on the side of the road. We stopped to help and they began loading injured people on our bus so we could take them to the nearest hospital which was about an hour and a half away. As we were making room for the injured, a bigger bus arrived with a lot more room and they transferred the injured on it. Julie was overwhelmed with the situation and the parallels with our accident. The memories came flooding back to the point she became physically sick.
Thankfully, we arrived safely in Koutiala a few hours later. Julie was still shaken, but recovered from the incident.