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Simple Mistake Results in Car Crushing Driver

Rachel accidentally left her car in neutral while parking in her driveway. She never expected the life-threatening situation that would come next. Read Transcript


I COULDN'T BREATHE AT

ALL.

I KNEW IN THAT MOMENT I'M

GOING TO DIE IN MY OWN

DRIVEWAY, WHILE MY FAMILY IS

INSIDE THE HOUSE.

Reporter: IN MAY 2009,

RACHEL KELLY WAS PREPARING

TO CELEBRATE MOTHER'S DAY.

SHE HAD JUST GIVEN BIRTH TO

HER SECOND CHILD TWO MONTHS

EARLIER.

ON A NORMAL AFTERNOON SHE

DROVE TO TOWN TO BUY HER OWN

MOTHER A GIFT.

WHEN SHE RETURNED HOME, HER

LIFE FLASHED BEFORE HER

EYES.

OUR DRIVEWAY IS ON THE

SIDE OF THE HOUSE, AND IT IS

A LITTLE SLOPED.

JUST BEING IN A HURRY,

RUSHING AROUND ALL OF THE

TIME, AND I DIDN'T PUT THE

CAR INTO PARK.

AND SO I GOT OUT AND IT KEPT

ROLLING.

Reporter: IN A MATTER

OF SECONDS, RACHEL'S BODY

WAS CRUSHED BETWEEN HER

STILL ROLLING CAR AND HER

HUSBAND'S VEHICLE.

ALL OF A SUDDEN I

COULDN'T BREATHE.

IT WAS LIKE WITH EVERY

BREATH I TOOK, THE SMALL

CENTIMETRES TOOK THAT MUCH

MORE OF MY LUNG CAPACITY.

I KNEW IN THAT MOMENT I WAS

SUFFOCATING.

I WAS BASICALLY THE ONLY

THING KEEPING THE CARS FROM

TOTALLY COLLIDING, OR I WAS

THE ONLY THING FROM KEEPING

MY CAR FROM GOING ON INTO

THE STREET.

Reporter: BECAUSE OF

THE WAY SHE WAS POSITIONED,

RACHEL COULD REACH THE

STEERING WHEEL.

A VOICE CAME INTO MY

HEAD, AND I KNOW THAT WAS

THE LORD, LAY ON THE HORN.

IT WAS THAT CLEAR.

Reporter: RACHEL'S

HUSBAND, MICHAEL, WAS

WATCHING THE CHILDREN AND

RAN OUTSIDE WHEN HE HEARD

THE HORN.

TO SEE MY WIFE

SUFFOCATING LIKE THAT RIGHT

BEFORE MY EYES, AND KNOWING

IT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY TO

GET THIS CAR OFF OF HER OR

I'LL LOSE HER.

Reporter: BECAUSE OF

THE DOWNHILL ANGLE OF THE

CAR, MICHAEL WAS UNABLE TO

MOVE IT IN HIS OWN

STRENGTH.

IN DESPERATION HE PRAYED FOR

HELP TO ARRIVE.

GOD, YOU'VE GIVEN ME A

WONDERFUL WIFE AND TWO

WONDERFUL KIDS.

YOU KNOW, DON'T TAKE HER

AWAY FROM ME RIGHT NOW.

I KNEW THAT THAT WAS NOT THE

TIME FOR HER TO GO.

Reporter: AT THE SAME

TIME, KEITH STRAFFORD HEARD

THE CHAOS FROM DOWN THE

STREET.

I HEARD SOMEONE START

YELLING HELP.

IT LOOKED PRETTY BAD.

THE CARS WERE SITTING KIND

OF WEDGED IN THERE

TOGETHER.

JUST THE LOOK ON HER FACE,

JUST, LIKE, YOU'VE GOT TO

GET THIS THING OFF OF ME OR

I COULD DIE.

ALL OF THESE THINGS THAT

COULD GO THROUGH YOUR MIND

IN A MATTER OF MOMENTS.

OH, LORD, YOU HAVE TO HELP

ME.

YOU HAVE TO SAVE ME.

THIS CAN'T BE THE WAY I GO.

I HAVE TO BE HERE TO RAISE

MY CHILDRENMENT CHILDREN.

I HAVE TO BE HERE TO BE A

WIFE TO MICHAEL.

Reporter: AND A COUPLE

JUST HAPPENED TO BE GOING

BY, AND THE FOUR WERE ABLE

TO MOVE THE CAR.

LEGAL PARAMEDICS ARRIVED AND

TOOK RACHEL TO THE

HOSPITAL.

RACHEL'S DOCTOR DECIDED TO

LIFE FLIGHT HER TO

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, IN

CASE OF LIVER DAMAGE AND

INTERNAL DAMAGE.

AS I WAS BEING WHEELED

OUT TO THE HELICOPTER, I

THOUGHT, I DON'T KNOW IF

I'LL SEE MY HUSBAND AND KIDS

AGAIN.

I KNOW THAT GOD IS WITH ME.

HE IS HERE WITH ME.

HE IS HERE WITH ME INç HIS

HELICOPTER.

I KNEW I WAS SAFE.

I KNEW THATç THE HOLY SPIRIT

WAS GUIDING ME.

I KNEW THAT JESUS WAS WITH

ME.

IF I DON'T END UP COMING

BAB BACK, I KNOW WHERE I'M

GOING.

Reporter: AS NEWS OF

RACHEL'S ACCIDENT SPREAD,

PEOPLE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY

STARTED PRAYING FOR HER

SURVIVAL AND HEALING.

THE BODY OF CHRIST COMING

TOGETHER TO HELP OTHER

PEOPLE JUST REALLY

ENCOURAGED US.

Reporter: RACHEL WAS

KEPT OVERNIGHT IN

VANDERBILT'S INTENSIVE

TRAUMA UNIT.

AFTER RUNNING A BATTERY OF

TESTS, DOCTORS WERE SHOCKED

TO DISCOVER THAT RACHEL

DIDN'T HAVE A SINGLE BROKEN

BONE.

ANY TRAUMA TO HER UPPER

TORSO OR LUNGS, OR ANY

INTERNAL BLEEDING.

SHE WAS RELEASED THE VERY

NEXT MORNING, WITHOUT

NEEDING SURGERY OR ANY

FURTHER TREATMENTS.

THE POWER OF PRAYER,

PEOPLE LIFTING HER UP AND

PRAYING.

I KNOW -- I KNOW THAT'S WHY

SHE WALKED AWAY FROM

VANDERBILT HOSPITAL HEALED,

TRULY HEALED.

I THINK IT REALLY BOOSTS

YOUR FAITH THAT GOD REALLY

DOES WORK ALL THINGS

TOGETHER FOR YOUR GOOD.

HE WORKED THINGS FROM ALL

SORTS OF DIFFERENT ANGLES

THAT DAY.

Reporter: TODAY RACHEL

IS STILL HEALTHY, AND THE

COUPLE NOW HAS FOUR

CHILDREN.

THEY SAY THE INCIDENT HELPS

THEM BE THANKFUL FOR EACH

DAY GOD GIVES THEM, TO LIVE

FOR WHAT IS IMPORTANT.

I THINK IT IS SO EASY TO

GET CAUGHT UP IN COMPLAINING

IN THE DAY TO DAY

ACTIVITIES, ESPECIALLY FOR

THE STAY-AT-HOME MOMS OR ANY

KIND OF MOM THAT IS JUST

WARN OUT.

I SAW HOW QUICK YOU CAN GO,

AND IT CAN BE AT ANY

MOMENT.

IT CAN HAPPEN IN THE BLINK

OF AN EYE.

IT IS ABSOLUTELY THE MOST

IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE IS

WHERE YOU'LL SPEND YOUR

ETERNITY.

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