The woman whose car crashed into a large fallen rock on U.S. 27 last week hopes to return to work soon — and to avoid other rock slides in her commute to and from Lexington.
Nancy Miracle, 46, of Stanford said she is sore and bruised, but she suffered no broken bones Oct. 4 when she crashed her Mitsubishi Spyder into the rock that fell into the right southbound lane near the Camp Nelson bridge over the Kentucky River.
"I'm pretty sore still," Miracle said Tuesday, a week after the crash in northern Garrard County. "It's mainly bruising and soft-tissue injuries. My neck hurts and back hurts really bad.
Miracle said the accident happened so fast, she didn't have time to think.
"At first, I thought maybe a bale of hay had fallen off a truck," she said. "You know, one of those big round bales? I was hoping that's what it was. But it wasn't. ... I didn't see it fall. It was just there in the road.
"My air bags went off. I didn't pass out, but I don't know why I don't remember some of it. I remember I couldn't open the door at first; it was stuck. And my car was smoking, and I thought, 'I'm going to catch on fire.' But I didn't, thank God."
Miracle is a nurse in the surgical intensive care unit at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.
She has worked at UK for 21 years, and she was returning home to Lincoln County on the night her car crashed into the rock. A pickup crashed into the rear of her car, and Miracle said another vehicle also might have been involved.
"Somebody rode in the ambulance with me, and they had a broken arm," Miracle said.
She was treated at UK and was released the next morning.
Miracle, whose car was totaled, wants the state to "make sure that whole cliff area is safe."
The state Transportation Cabinet has asked its geotechnical branch to look at the site of the slide. The branch is in the process of scheduling a time and date to look at the site, state Department of Highways District 7 spokeswoman Natasha Lacy wrote in an email message Tuesday.
The same stretch of U.S. 27 saw smaller rock slides earlier this year.
In January, three vehicles had flattened tires after motorists drove over a small rock slide in the southbound lanes.
In February, a rock slide landed in the northbound lanes of U.S. 27. At least one truck was damaged.
Some have speculated that blasting associated with the widening of U.S. 27 farther south might have caused last week's slide. But Lacy wrote in her email that "the location for the blasting performed has been too distant to have caused the rock slide."
Miracle plans to go to her doctor Wednesday to see whether she can return to work Thursday. She said she has been by the crash site twice since the accident. "I tell people to get in the left lane, don't get in that right lane."
"I hope nobody else gets hurt," she said.