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EXCLUSIVE: "I didn't know what to do other than to just duck."

Authorities say Leslie Ciaccio, 46, is "pretty lucky" to be alive after a loose trailer tire blasted through her windshield in Ogle County.
It was so fast and so quick. I didn't know what to do other than just duck.
OGLE COUNTY--Authorities say Leslie Ciaccio of Rockford is "pretty lucky" after a tire crashed through her car's windshield.

She agrees.

"It happened so fast and so quick," Ciacco told Eyewitness News from her hospital bed at St. Anthony's Medical Center Wednesday night. "I didn't know what to do other than just duck."

Investigators say that quick thinking probably saved her life.

At 8:33 Wednesday morning near the Ogle and DeKalb County lines on Route 64, police and witnesses say a mobile office trailer heading westbound lost a rear left tire and it bounced into oncoming traffic blasting through the windshield of the woman's red Chevrolet sedan.

"I had glass all over me," Ciacco said. "It almost seemed like the hood of the car wrapped around my head."

It took emergency personnel nearly 30 minutes to free her from the car, cutting away the front driver side door and the roof of the car. 

 
"It looked like she ducked," said Rochelle Fire Lt. Dave Sawlsville. "There were no airbag deployments either, so yeah, she's pretty lucky."

In the immediate aftermath, Ciacco showed incredible composure.

"I actually remeber when the accident happened, I hit brakes, I stopped my car, I put it in park, and I took my seat belt off, like I could get myself out," Ciacco said with a laugh. "But I of course couldn't get myself out."

A medical helicopter was brought in as a precautionary measure, but fire crews noted Ciaccio, 46, was alert, conscious and talking to rescuers during the extrication. She was flown to St. Anthony's and is still listed in serious condition with a head injury.

"It could have been worse," Sawlsville said.




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