'It saved my life and it saved my baby's life'
We were laughing. And then the next thing I know it was the glass is coming into my face. I'm Candace Condel. I'm 27, born and raised in Gonzalez. I was in an accident where we went head-on with a vehicle. From that morning I got up and regular day-to-day. I was initially going to take a different vehicle. Called my husband, and he graciously told me I could take his truck, which thankfully we did. I went to my friends to pick her up, it was on the way to Shiner. And it wasn't 3 minutes after we left her house that the accident happened.
It was myself, my baby that is not here yet, Terra, and she was 36 weeks pregnant at the time. The vehicle that came into our lane, she was passing in a no-passing zone on a hill. She was going pretty fast and whenever she hit, she clipped the corner of the grill guard and went straight down the side of the vehicle causing the mirror on my truck to slap in and break the window, and then she hit the dual wheels and broke them off. So brakes, I mean, nothing I tried, steering, was going to change the outcome. It sent me into the oncoming lane where I caught the third vehicle. I just realized I needed out. The first thing I did was grab my phone and call him.
The phone conversation whenever I got it was 10 seconds. "I was in a wreck," I asked her where, she told me. I hung up. I left the location I was at and made it to her.
And I remember looking up and he comes running across the highway.
And I finally found the girls and found that they were good, and made sure both of the babies were okay. Once the EMS personnel and all that got there, basically we discussed everything that happened.
They said that if I hadn't had a grill guard on there that my leg would probably be hanging by threads. We've already replaced the vehicle and the first thing we did was put a Ranch Hand bumper on it.
You know, my work trucks always had them. I didn't think much of them. But now that I've seen what kind of impact those things can take, I won't, and I won't allow her not to drive a truck without one.
It saved my life and it saved my baby's life.