To the editor,
My wife and I, along with our three children headed out from our home in Hammonds Plains on March 14 to take a trip to Magic Mountain in New Brunswick.
As we were making the transition on the off-ramp from Highway 102 to Highway 104 we hit a massive pothole.
We slowed expecting a blown tire, but it seemed everything was OK. Incidentally, as a bit of foreshadowing there were already two cars off the road in the same spot, one getting a tow and the other replacing their tire.
We had a great day without any more pothole incidents. On our drive home we didn't fair so well. As we approached Exit 13 near Debert around 7:20 p.m. the car started to shake and I pulled over. Upon inspection of our car we had a flat tire cause by a dent in the rim from our earlier incident.
Immediately we got on the phone and started calling around. After being told by four companies they could not help us, we were in a difficult situation stranded on the highway with three kids who were tired and had not eaten supper yet. To make things worse, our spare tire was rusted in place and unusable. Finally we called the Truro Wal-Mart, but their automotive department was closing in 10 minutes.
We had no idea what we were going to do until the automotive employee at Wal-Mart, Ian Rafuse, said that he would stay after work and help us out.
We called for a tow and arrived at Wal-Mart 35 minutes later. Ian and his team worked for the next 40 minutes replacing our ruined tire and fixing the broken rim so we could drive home.
I am deeply upset at the fact that such a pothole has been allowed to exist, putting the lives of travellers through Truro in danger. On the other hand, I am rejuvenated to find that people are willing to, out of the goodness of their hearts, help a family in distress.
I wish I could have given Ian something that night, but all I can do is pass along the story and hope that someone will pay it forward.