Fear on the bridge


I’m squeezing my mind trying to find something mysterious about me and can’t come up with anything. I’m a very common and boring person, I guess.

I would like to have more sense of humor and tell you a wonderful secret story about myself, but maybe because of my journalism background I have a tendency to stick to the facts, and the only fact I can think about me that nobody knows is that I’m afraid of bridges.

I don’t know why, but the truth is that every time I’m on a bridge I think it can collapse or I can fall or something bad will happen.

And then, after so many years with this silly fear something really happened.

I was driving coming back from the Court House where I was reporting about a very controversial trial. It was dark at night. No traffic. I entered the bridge and another car behind me. The other car passed me and suddenly the driver began to do strange things: going by my side, slowly if I was driving slow, fast if I was going faster, laughing looking at me with a very scaring expression in his face, then passing me, then letting me pass him, then passing me and finally blocking the bridge with his car and making me stop.

I locked my car and waited alarmed. (It was before the cell phone era). Because he wasn’t moving, only looking at me and laughing, I tried – and succeeded – to pass him very slowly through the narrow space available between his car and the barrier. I stepped on the gas to fly from there but he came after me. And then he crashed his car against mine from my left side to throw me down from the bridge!

I managed to control my car and stop against the barrier shocked but safe. Thank God, at that moment another car arrived and my unknown enemy fled. The other car stopped to help me.  I never knew why that man attacked me. I never knew if was a random attack or of it was something related to my work. It remains a mystery to me.

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Author: Olga Brajnović

Journalist and writer. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Author of a biography. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

15 thoughts on “Fear on the bridge

  1. Borneo Pulse says:

    That is scary! I can tell you in a country where I live there is this called road bullies while for motor riders we called them “Mat Rempit”. By the way we must be thankful to the inventors of mobile phone, we now have companion in time of need (as for me it my best companion)

    1. Olga Brajnović says:

      You’re right. I would like to have a cell phone that night to call for help.

  2. bluebeadpublications says:

    A woman did that to me on a tiny bridge in Miami. She ran a stop sign that I stopped at and then tried to run we off the canal bridge. I had to slam on my brakes and restrain my dog. Then she slowed down. I took pictures of her tags and she was outraged. I chased her down the street and she eventually got away though I was taking a video of her. The cops told me there was nothing they could do. I haven’t seen her car since. but I hope to find her one day.

    1. Olga Brajnović says:

      Thank God you’re OK. There are crazy people everywhere it seems. Thank you for reading.

  3. TammyeHoney says:

    I can see why the fear of a bridge…would make me shake in my shoes..thank you for sharing with your readers. 🙂 So glad you made it out safe.


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