Woman recovering after fiery 295 crash

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A woman, thankful to be alive after being involved in a fiery car crash, is now speaking out about the incident.

Debbie White blacked out behind the wheel, while driving on Route 295 in Smithfield last month.

She survived, but is on the long road to recovery.

Since her accident, she has received lots of cards and well-wishes.

“From day one, I’ve had a positive spirit about this, like ‘I’ll get through this’,” she said

Debbie has been in the hospital for a month now, suffering from second and third degree burns and broken bones.

State Police said Debbie was in the breakdown lane – then suddenly veered across all lanes of traffic, and hit another car.

Good Samaritans were able to pull her from her burning car.

Debbie doesn’t remember any of it, but she’s still overwhelmed with gratitude for those who risked their own safety to save her life.

“There’s such a beauty in it, it brings me to tears that normal people will go out and help other people like that. I had plenty of guardian angels that day. I’m here for whatever reason so, I don’t know. But I’m very, very grateful, very grateful.”

Through the painful recovery, there have been moments of sheer joy. On Thursday, Debbie saw her dog Sara for the first time since the crash.

“It did so much for my spirit. It changed all of a sudden, I was ready to go again. It was like just what the doctor ordered. It was the best medicine,” she said.

One of the Good Samaritan is offering to pay for the dog’s boarding, while Debbie is recovering away from home.

A GoFundMe.com page has been set up in Debbie’s honor. Click here to donate.

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