The tragic jet crash in Akron earlier this week that claimed the lives of the nine passengers aboard the aircraft could have claimed more victims but the apartments in the building the plane struck were, thankfully, empty. (Neighbors were home though, including the young lady who caught the flash of the explosion while she was on her phone.)
One of those residents who might have been home but wasn't was 38-year-old Jason Bartley. He's a factory worker, but yesterday afternoon he was home in his apartment on his computer planning winter vacation to Miami. He also had errands to run and the afternoon hours were waning so he got in his car and headed to the bank. After that? Well, he could have headed home but he needed something to eat. The Akron Beacon Journal's Bob Dyer
has the unbelievable details on just what sort of hunger delayed Bartley's return to his abode.
The clock read 2:14 as he tossed on a lightweight jacket and headed for the car. He stopped first at Chase Bank on Canton Road, at the Giant Eagle next door.
Hustling to get home, he noted the time on his car radio: 2:45.
Bartley decided to stop at Dollar General for that night’s dinner and the next morning’s breakfast.
As he was driving back to his apartment, he saw the smoke and flames and realized they were very near his residence. Because the roads were closed, he parked his car and ran. When he saw his apartment ablaze, he immediately thought: “Oh my God. What did I do?”
Bartley told Dyer he feels incredibly lucky but also notes that he didn't have insurance and lost everything in his place.
Our thoughts are with all the affected families dealing with losses this week.