Sherman woman and four-month-old son pinned, forced under semi

Published: Apr. 6, 2018 at 5:42 PM CDT
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A Sherman woman and her four-month-old son are home safe after being pinned and ran over by a semi truck on U.S. 75 in Melissa Thursday.

Mother Brittany Smith and her four-month-old son Gabriel were driving south on U.S. 75 Thursday morning around 11:30 on their way to Allen.

"There was an 18-wheeler on the side of me," Smith said. "I saw it initially and was trying to get away from it because the lanes were kinda small."

Smith said she tried to speed up and get out of his way, until the truck, which was towing a trailer, changed lanes-- pinning her compact car along the barrier of the construction zone in Melissa.

"It was very terrifying," she said. "Once he pinned us, I didn't know what to do. All I can remember is seeing his wheels and praying that I don't go underneath his wheels."

But her car was forced under the trailer tires. Police said she then rolled several times.

"I could see blood on my hands, bruises," Smith said. "I really didn't care. I wanted to get my child out of the car."

She got out with a trip to the hospital for minor injuries. Her son wasn't hurt.

Police said the driver of the semi fled the scene, leaving Smith and her son without a car, and without answers.

"I just want this to show people how dangerous that section is, and if the driver is watching this, report yourself," she said. "Because you basically almost took my life and my child's life."

Smith said she prays somebody will come forward.

"I'm just glad that myself and my child are safe," she said. "The car can be replaced, but he can't be replaced."

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact Melissa police.