Carroll family survives wreck

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Several Kansas City media outlets are reporting that two Hillsville, Va., residents traveling with family avoided serious injury when a tractor-trailer plowed into their recreational vehicle and a police car on June 18.

Bobby and Yvette Leonard of Hillsville were among the party traveling to Montana for a wedding, according to media reports.

The RV hit a deer on Interstate 435, so the Leonard family pulled over onto the shoulder.

Family members worked to repair the RV, which had damage to the radiator, and a police officer had stopped to see if he could help.

They were almost ready to leave when a Little Caesar’s Pizza truck hit both the RV and the police car.

Media reports said the impact sheared off the side of the RV and pushed the police car under the RV.

“I turned around and I just saw the RV exploding into the police cruiser,” Bobby Leonard told Kansas City TV station KCTV 5.

Though there were injuries, none were life threatening and they were reportedly scrapes and bruises.

The cause of the accident was said to be the tractor-trailer driver reaching to get a cell phone.

Debbie Ginder of Hillsville, who was keeping up with Yvette Leonard via cell phone, said Monday that the family had reached Montana.

Finally able to do some sightseeing around Billings, they felt like Monday was their first day of vacation, Ginder said. They had missed the wedding, which was Saturday.

A tow truck driver had adopted the family, driving them around and making food, Ginder said.

Taken to a Laundromat, family members heard offers of money and a church van to get them to where they were going, once people realized who they were and what had happened.

The family was overwhelmed with the kindness there, Ginder said.

The fact that no one was injured, despite the fact children were sitting on a couch just behind the wall that got torn off the RV, is a “miracle,” family members have said.

That they are all alive and well is amazing — and may well show divine intervention on their behalf, Ginder said. “They’re giving God the glory for the whole thing.”