Victim in accident calls survival ‘miracle’, man remains critically hurt


by Maggie Ruper

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 8 at 1:21 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- “If you look at the vehicle and you look at everything else, I shouldn't be here right now,” said Natalie Mudd.

Mudd was hit by a semi after it crashed into two cars behind her on I-65 south near the Elizabethtown exit in Hardin County on Monday afternoon.

“My first thought was, ‘Am I okay?’ just because of the sound and all. I started looking down to see if I had my feet and I did, and I started looking around and amazingly my vehicle had kind of encapsulated me,” Mudd said.

Mudd, a new mom, was rushed to University Hospital with a fractured pelvis and broken leg., but there were six cars that piled up that afternoon and a man in black Ford Escape was much worse off.

“My Dad's name is John Richard Warner. He goes by Rick,” Adam Warner said.

Warner’s dad was the person in that black car and he was the first one it by the semi. His car flipped and overturned. Warner was knocked unconscious and is now in medically induced coma.

“He's probably never going to be the same person he was. We don’t care about that as long as he's with us,” said Warner.

Both victims face a long recovery ahead.

“Two to three months down the road, if I start to get worn out or I start to wear down, just remind me that I’m blessed and this pain is a miracle,” Mudd said.

State Police say they didn’t find the driver of the semi to be impaired.