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DENVER, Colorado (KUSA) — Just minutes after kissing her great niece and great nephew goodbye Monday morning, Betsy Hinkle got the shock of her life.
“I just turned to the television screen and I gasped, ‘oh my God that’s my niece’s vehicle.’ She was just here,” Hinkle said.
Shortly after leaving Hinkle’s house, Hinkle’s niece Kate was driving down Interstate 25 in Denver, Colorado with her 10-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter in the backseat.
Kate’s cousin, 26-year-old Brandon, was in the passenger seat.
“All of a sudden, loud noise, crash, and he had concrete in his lap,” Hinkle said.
A semi driver for RMS Cranes clipped the Speer Boulevard overpass with his trailer.
A chunk of concrete smashed through the windshield, knocking Kate unconscious.
The car was still traveling at highway speeds and beginning to lose control.
“They were headed towards the K rail in the middle of I-25, so he had to grab the steering wheel to steer them away. He kind of said he had the feeling that the vehicle may flip over,” Hinkle said.
With the two young children in back, Brandon guided the car to safety.
“He’s a hero,” Hinkle said.
Aside from a few cuts and bruises, Brandon and the kids are okay.
“Kate does have a head injury. She’s kind of banged up and sore,” Hinkle said.
Kate was released from the hospital shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Hinkle says hospital tests show Kate doesn’t have any brain damage and doctors say she’ll make a full recovery.
“It could have been so much worse,” Hinkle said. “It’s just amazing how, after seeing that vehicle, that nothing worse happened.”