Woman speaks about her crash and fall from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge
Jade Lake pleased to get a 'second chance at life'
10:31 AM, Jul 22, 2013
10:38 AM, Jul 22, 2013
From ABC News
Jade Lake survived two brushes with death Friday night --a devastating car crash and a plunge off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
Amazingly, she managed to swim to safety. Now she's speaking out about her hair-raising experience.
"I saw my car explode with glass everywhere and airbags coming at me full force," Lake said as she recounted the horrifying moment when an 18-wheeler slammed into the back of her car on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
"I was just dragging up against the jersey wall of the bridge, and I felt like I was going to be ok if I could stop on the bridge," she said.
But she couldn't – and her red 2007 Chrysler plummeted 40 feet and hit the water like concrete.
"My eyes were closed. My mouth filled up with water. I got one good scream in, and I started to drown. I felt like my whole body was getting filled up with water, and I stopped shaking and said, ‘I don't want to drown. I don't want to die.'
What happened next was nothing short of a miracle.
"I visualized my car...took my right hand--pushed the seatbelt, turned to the left side--window was already broken--went through it, pushed off to get momentum to get to the surface," she said.
Bleeding and gasping for air, she managed to swim to some nearby rocks.
"I felt my whole left side not working," she said. "I was in a lot of pain. I managed to use my right side to shimmy my way onto the rocks. I heard somebody yell, 'stay there, help is coming.'"
Rescue teams were able to reach the 22-year-old. She was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
Her injuries – just a sprained ankle and some bumps and bruises.
"I'm just blessed to be here, blessed to get a second chance at life," Lake said.