By Paul Burton

BOSTON (CBS) — Stephen Duff and his wife Tanya have so much to be thankful this Thanksgiving weekend after a wrong way driver hit their daughter on Interstate 495 in Plainville.

“O God, you have no idea. I am beside myself. It so easily have gone much worse for my family,” stepdad Stephen Duff said.

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His stepdaughter says she’s knows very fortunate to be alive.

“It was really scary. I’ve never really been in a car accident that bad before,” Taylor McBarron said. Taylor says she was working late Wednesday night and was on her way to visit her parents for Thanksgiving in Barnstable.

Massachusetts State Police say that’s when a young man from Norton, driving a red Toyota Corolla, was heading north on the southbound side of the highway around 2 a.m. The driver slammed head on into Taylor.

“She’s a sweet young girl and delicate and coming home to be with her family on Thanksgiving and to have that interrupted it’s the parents biggest nightmare.”

The driver of the Toyota, identified by State Police as 22-year-old James Keating, did not survive. Paramedics rushed Taylor to Rhode Island Hospital where she had surgery.

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“My ankle underwent surgery and lacerations in my knee and my pelvis was fractured,” Taylor said.

While the family’s Thanksgiving Day plans dramatically changed, they are all very grateful Taylor is alive.

Taylor McBarron (left) and her mother, Tanya Duff. (WBZ-TV)

Taylor McBarron (left) and her mother, Tanya Duff. (WBZ-TV)

“It’s truly a miracle and a blessing. The most thankful thanksgiving I ever had,” Taylor’s mom Tanya Duff said.

Taylor is currently in the hospital recovering.

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“I am so thankful for my family everyone is there for me,” Taylor said.

Paul Burton