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Wilmington Driver Recounts Harrowing Crash Off Bridge

By Peg Rusconi, WBZ-TV
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Kelly McDermott's car jumped a snow bank and guard rail Tuesday then fell two stories onto train tracks in Wilmington. (credit: CBS)

Kelly McDermott’s car jumped a snow bank and guard rail Tuesday then fell two stories onto train tracks in Wilmington. (credit: CBS)

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WILMINGTON (CBS) — She moves around nimbly with her dog Moxie, but on Wednesday, Kelly McDermott identifies more closely with a cat. As in, nine lives.

“I can’t believe I made it. I literally thought I was going to die,” said McDermott.

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi reports.

She survived a spectacular crash Tuesday in which her vehicle jumped a snow bank and guardrail on Route 129 in Wilmington and fell two stories below.

“I felt like I was flying, I went that high up in the air. I went up and then down. I think I counted twice that I spun and landed on all fours like a cat.” On train tracks.

wilmington crash Wilmington Driver Recounts Harrowing Crash Off Bridge

A car went off a bridge in Wilmington and landed on train tracks.

She says she scrambled out of the car with someone’s help. She was evaluated at a local hospital, and amazingly, a quarter inch cut on her forehead seems to be her only injury.

Her life was likely saved by her seatbelt. “I was upside down at one point. I remember that, because that scared me so much. I’d wear my seatbelt if I was driving from here to the corner. It’s just something I do. And the officer said, ‘That saved your life.’”

McDermott says she isn’t sure what went wrong, only that before the crash, and a short time earlier during her drive, her car suddenly started pulling in one direction, out of her control.

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