It was the scare of a lifetime for a Gardner woman and her unborn baby. Three months after a serious crash on I-35, Eric Schultz shows us what happened.
MAY 21, 2012 - Nikkie McClure stands with her daughter, her family and those who helped save her from a wreck on Interstate 35 in February.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - They were all smiles with a few tears mixed in.
Nikki McClure and her family reunited with emergency workers and a Good Samaritan who all worked together to save her life three months ago.
The group gathered at Overland Park Regional Medical Center to celebrate the kickoff to EMS Week.
The firefighters and paramedics who rescued McClure from her wrecked car received plaques of recognition.
An award was also given to the motorist who stopped after witnessing McClure's crash and called for help.
McClure was driving northbound on Interstate 35 Feb. 8 when her car struck a tractor trailer in the rear.
The car then veered off the road and came to a stop in some trees and brush.
The truck had sliced off the car's roof, and McClure, seven months pregnant at the time, suffered serious neck injuries.
Clarence Williams saw the crash unfold and rushed to McClure's aid.
"I placed my hand on her hand," Williams said. "Her breathing was kind of labored the second time I went down there, and that's when I noticed she was pregnant."
Paramedics rushed her to Overland Park Regional where her daughter Emily was delivered by emergency C-section within an hour.
McClure and her husband Matt stepped to the podium and thanked all involved for their quick action.
Nikki McClure cried as she searched for the right words to match her feelings.
"We have you to thank for us being here today," she said. "I love you all."
The tears were replaced by laughter as the family, Williams, and the emergency workers celebrated over breakfast.