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Rescuers thanked after amazing rescue

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Published on Feb 18, 2014

WALTON, Ky. (Paula Toti) -- It was an emotional thank you to rescue workers Tuesday night from two people they saved who were trapped under a semi in a crash in Walton, Kentucky. The spectacular crash had even seasoned rescuers surprised at the outcome. To set the stage, for some reason the semi drifted into the lane and path of the car. With no time to react the car was wedged under the semi. The decapitation bar on the car did what it was supposed to do, collapsing so the passengers wouldn't be killed. They were cut and trapped. One of the rescue workers described the accident as one of the most difficult extractions she's ever seen, and yet to everyone's surprise the two people in the Ford Focus were alive. Tuesday night Anna Speier told us after looking at pictures of the scene she knows why those rescuers were so shocked. Her friend Chris York was driving that night. Anna wanted to tell the rescuers just how well the two are doing. Holding back tears she said I've always been happy to be alive but not this happy. I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Chris York said, Yes, you can't say it enough, amazing the good lord looking after us. You can't see the physical injuries but Speier says she had 100 stitches and 40 staples in her head. She has headaches but says she'll take that over being dead. Speier got a chance to thank some members of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Air Care team. She watched the chopper fly to the Walton Fire Station, as members came to accept their thanks and hugs. There were dozens to thank; from Walton firefighters, witnesses, police, the wrecking crew, and a paramedic only on the job since September. Speier even thanked York. She says he held the steering wheel so tight it kept the car from being run over by the semi. She said, Nothing but super human strength from the good lord. Life is blessed and this is one of the worst and greatest things that ever happened to me. Her father watched the accident rescue and had no idea it was his daughter in the car.

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