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Family Recalls Driving Through Washed Out Road

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Excessive rains became a hazard recently after washing out some roads across the region.

Two weeks ago, we showed you a road in Sioux County that suffered extreme damage.

Now we hear from a family that actually drove through where it had washed out, before officials closed the road.

Mary White Eagle had taken her two kids to check on her brother and his family because of an excessive rainy night.

That's when a dark spot on Route 7 in Sioux County turned into a nightmare.

"I was going like 60 mph and that's when I noticed a dark spot like that, I thought it was water, just the second I noticed it wasn't water, and the second that I seen the pavement and the whole section of road gone, it was too late."says Mary White Eagle.

Mary didn't even realize how injured she was until after checking her kids, calling 911, and talking with a passerby about how to get everyone out of the crashed vehicle.

Mary had broken her collar bone, and has a fracture in her ankle, her four year old daughter had minor scratches, but Lucas was bending down to put his shoes on when the crash happened.

"It's all around his eye, it was all fractured... they believe he might have bit down on the inside of his cheek." says White Eagle.

Lucas was in the hospital overnight because he was knocked unconscious in the crash, something his mom won't forget soon.

"All I kept telling him in the ER is I'm sorry, I'm sorry, he kept saying mom are you okay? Yeah I'm okay."

Everyone's still healing, after this scary wreck, inside and out, but Mary can take comfort in one of her most important decisions that night.

"The seatbelt saved my life, I'm just glad I'm still alive, I'm glad my kids are still alive." says White Eagle.

All three had their seatbelts on.

Lucas may have a small scar on his mouth, but everyone is expected to make full recoveries.

Route 7 has been patched up, but Route 6, another road off of Highway 1806 is still closed due to being washed out a couple weeks ago.

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