car while rushing toddler
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A Molena woman said Wednesday it had to have been God who saved the lives of her and two children last Sunday.
Tiffeny Laguan Murrah, 24, Molena, was taking her 2-year-old daughter Janiya to Upson Regional Medical Center with a 106-degree temperature when she got distracted and lost control of the car.
"There were two children in the back seat, and they were talking. I probably shouldn't have, but I looked back," the woman, an employee of Nacom Mfg. Co. in Griffin said Wednesday.
According to an accident report on file with the Georgia State Patrol, the single car wreck occurred just before 1 p.m. on Firetower Road near its intersection with Elliott Road.
"The car behind me said our car flipped three times," she said, "but I must have blackened out and don't remember."
Trooper E. Cunningham said the car continued 134 feet after the woman lost control. The car struck an embankment and rolled, according to the report.
Murrah and the toddler were uninjured in the wreck, but the second child, Jamonica Colquitt, 8, was flown by helicopter to Egleston Children's Hospital in Atlanta with a broken back.
"The surgery was this morning and the doctors say it went extremely well," Murrah said. "They said she had two smashed bones in her back."
Murrah said the ordeal has made Christmas this year bitter-sweet, but said she thanks God everyone survived.
"It's a wonder we're alive," she said. "For the wreck to be as bad as it was and for us to all survive, it has to be God. There's just no other explanation."