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Dowagiac woman recovering from serious accident

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Her family says it’s a miracle she’s alive.

32-year-old Nicole Sansom is recovering from several severe injuries she got when her car was crushed by a semi truck last week on M-51 just North of Dowagiac.

Doctors said Wednesday, the day of the accident, Samson lost 75% of the blood her body but now are expecting a full recovery.

“We’re thankful she’s here,” said Sansom’s sister Amanda Hansbro. “God is watching over her.”

Hansbro said doctors believe if it weren’t for the fast action of first-responders Wednesday, Sansom might not have made it.

Hansbro spoke to ABC 57 News Monday at Bronson Medical Center in Kalamazoo. The hospital has become a second home for Sansom’s family. “She is fighting,” said Hansbro. “She’s a fighter.”

On Monday Sansom was in a medicated coma recovering from fractures to her pelvis, spine, femur and ribs. She was also suffering from a collapsed lung. 

Cass County Police said Wednesday just after 11:30 a.m. Sansom’s car collided with the semi truck.

Hansbro said it was the day after Sansom’s 32nd birthday. She dropped off the new family puppy at her boyfriend’s home. On the way back she’d seen a pregnant woman on country roads North of Dowagiac and was headed to offer the woman a ride. 

“That’s when it happened,” said Hansbro.

According to police, a third car was travelling northbound on M-51 attempting to pass the semi in the southbound lane. The vehicle drove Sansom off the road, Sansom over-corrected and struck the oncoming semi.

The driver sped off and police haven’t been able to identify him.

Hansbro said she holds no ill-feelings towards the driver but would like him to come forward.  “If it was me that caused that,” she said. “I would come forward and take responsibility.”

The third driver was last seen driving northbound on M-51 driving a red car with front-end damage.

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