Couple 'lucky to be alive' after semi tire crashes into car windshield

Couple 'Lucky to Be Alive' After Semi Tire Crashes Into Car Windshield
SILVERDALE, Wash. -- The Washington State Patrol is calling it a freak accident -- wrong place, wrong time. But the young couple who survived when a semi's tire came flying through their car windshield on the highway feel lucky to be alive.

"I was thankful to be alive, I didn't want to have to say goodbye to my kids," said Aimee Blanton, who was in the car with Jeremy Deiter at the time.

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"I don't understand how we made it; it was like God came down and just smacked the tire out of the way just in time," Jeremy said.

State troopers say a tractor-trailer tire busted through the car's windshield as the couple drove down State Route 303 headed for Silverdale Tuesday afternoon.

"The semi truck was driving two lanes over and I saw his tire start to wobble and it spun, it was coming straight at me and if it weren't for the steering wheel, I probably would have lost my life," Aimee said.

Aimee has cuts on her hands. Jeremy says his head hit the dashboard.

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Couple 'lucky to be alive' after semi tire crashes into car windshield

"I ducked down and this tire just, boom, it sounded like a big bomb went off and I look over and I thought she got smashed in the face," Deiter said.

What's worse, the couple said they have recently fallen on hard time and had just bought the 1999 Honda Civic 10 minutes earlier.

"It was for her to go to work and now its totaled; now we have nothing," he said.

While the investigation is still under way, state troopers say the driver of the semi told them he had just had new tires put on the rig, and there may have been an issue with the way the tire was mounted.

Aimee and Jeremy say they're just grateful to be alive.

"This is really hard for me. I can't get it to stop replaying in my head," Jeremy said.

The State Patrol said the truck driver is not being held responsible. Aimee and Jeremy said they're working with the truck driver's insurance company to help with the damages. In the meantime, they've also set up a Go Fund Me account. If you'd like to help, just click here.

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