Woman thanks good Samaritan who saved her life after car crash

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WARSAW, Ind. (WNDU) -- In a near-death accident, one Warsaw, Indiana woman was badly injured when her truck rolled over a guardrail last September.

Since the traumatic wreck, Abbie McBride set out to find the person who rescued her.

McBride was alone in her truck, and suffered several broken bones during the crash. She was able to free herself from the wreckage, but says several cars passed her by without stopping. Now, she is thankful for the man who did stop, and who ultimately saved her life.

McBride wears angel wings around her neck. It was gift from a family member in the days following the crash.

“Don’t take anything for granted,” McBride said.

The accident happened around 6 a.m. as McBride was driving to work.

“I was headed north on 19 and there was a deer that had come up over the left side of the guardrail,” McBride recalled.

When she swerved to miss it, her tires became stuck in the gravel.

“Then I over-corrected and it actually shot me off the other side of the road into a creek,” said McBride.

Her truck ended up in a ditch, where a piece of it remains even months later.

“When I was done rolling, I looked up and I had glass everywhere. I just remember screaming. My horn was going off. My airbags never deployed,” said McBride.

Bloodied and wet, McBride says she eventually made her way out of the truck and climbed up the embankment.

“Then with this hand, I couldn’t pull myself over the guardrail, so I went under it,” she explained.

After three cars passed her by, one man finally stopped.

“I was screaming at the top of my lungs, and holding my arm up. My arm was a mess. I had glass everywhere, and he called 911,” said McBride.

McBride says he stayed with her until the ambulance arrived, where she needed to be airlifted to the hospital for immediate treatment.

“Thank you very, very much. After three cars had gone by me, one car almost hitting me, I did not think anybody was stopping. You didn't have to stop, but you chose to,” said McBride. “There are still good people out there... I just really would like to thank him a lot.”

Since the crash, McBride devotes much of her time to physical therapy for her arm and her back. The accident gave her a broken wrist, elbow and also broke her back in two places. In December, she had her fourth recovery surgery.

She says she misses work and hopes to get back to her job in nursing in the next several months when she is well enough to do so.

Since the interview with McBride Tuesday morning, she was able to track down the man who stopped to help her. They had a phone conversation and she said she would still love to meet him face-to-face.

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