I concentrated on the traffic in front, just chilling out to Steely Dan and relaxCRUMP.
The car jolted forward a little. I looked in the mirror in shock. The Hiace was right up my arse.
I sat there for a good 30 seconds, not in shock but in disbelief. My car was almost New! It had only done 9000km!
And so I pulled over onto the hard shoulder, feeling more than a little miffed. I was almost cross. Cranky, even.
I got out of the car and watched the Hiace pull in behind me. That was when I saw a Mitsubishi 380 with a very flattened front that started right where the Hiace ended. The driver managed to pull over behind the Hiace, but that was as far as that car would be going today. Debris on the road included the Hiace's spare wheel, which is usually chained in place under the van. The impact had shaken it loose.
I looked at the Hiace driver. He looked at me. I said "Well, fuck." He nodded.
I went to the Mitsubishi driver and asked if she was okay. She was, but a little shaken.
At that point everyone go on the phone and called various people and/or insurance companies. We all exchanged details, a tow truck arrived for the Mitsubishi, and I took photos of the damage to the Lexus.
And then I drove to work.
The damage doesn't look like much at first, but the bumper bar deformed enough to put marks on the hatchback. I don't know what damage has been done to the mountings or the reinforcing put in for ANCAP and NCAP tests.
Now I have to deal with the inconvenience of not having a car while it's repaired. If only it was some sort of self-repairing vehicle.