Woman gives birth to two hours after surviving the bus crash
Eight people died when a semi-truck crashed into a Greyhound bus.
A woman gave birth to twins but two hours after surviving a horrific bus crash in New Mexico last week that left eight people dead.
Christy Westerdale was traveling with the father of her children, Joseph Chandler, from Oklahoma to their home in Stockton, California, in the crash on Interstate 40 in New Mexico on Thursday afternoon. The Greyhound bus with nearly 50 people in a semi-trailer going in the opposite direction lost the tread on the left front tire and veered over a median, smashing into the bus, police said. Along with the eight killed, 25 people were injured, among them three young children.
The crash forced Westerdale to give birth two months early.
“I thank God that my babies are OK,” Westerdale told FOX 40. “I just can’t believe that they are so strong through anything and everything.”
Chandler said he was knocked out during the crash, but was able to regain consciousness.
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“I have my whole family out of the bus and it is a miracle. I can’t believe it. Anyone who sat in front of my family is dead,” he told FOX40.
He described the incident as being in “an apocalyptic movie.”
“It was kind of like you’re in an apocalyptic movie. It was as if the world was coming to an end. It was not only happening to me,” he said.
A bus crash in New Mexico killed eight people.
(Chris Jones via AP)
Chandler said he got his daughter out of the bus before the back to Westerdale.
“I thought she was dead and I wanted her body out of the bus when she awoke in my arms,” Chandler told FOX40. “I was like, ‘Oh my God! Come on baby, we’re going to be OK, we are going to get off this bus.”
Westerdale had a shattered knee, a broken leg and a separated pelvis in the crash and will be OK with physical therapy. The twins will have to remain in the hospital in New Mexico for a few months before they go home, to Stockton.
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“We are so far away from home and we have nothing else. I have no car, no housing, and we are going here for a while,” said Chandler.
The couple started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for their living expenses. Westerdale said she remains optimistic during the recovery.
A woman gave birth to twins but two hours after the deadly bus crash in New Mexico on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.
(Chris Jones via AP)
“I am hopeful to recover and see my babies to recover,” Westerdale said. “Through all this and put it behind us.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.