Pregnant woman gives birth after southern NM crash; both survive

New Mexico News

A semi truck attempting to make a U-turn on a busy New Mexico highway crushed three cars in its path.

Inside one of the vehicles was a pregnant woman, and amazingly everyone survived, including her and her baby.

What was supposed to be a night filled with holiday cheer, turned to chaos.

“I was just hoping my nephew was okay. I just saw his carseat just thrown underneath the semi and I was hoping my brother-in-law was okay and my sister,โ€ said Jasminn Villalobos. 

Villalobos says she was meeting her family at the Lovington Light Parade Monday night, when she got a call they were in a bad car accident on Highway 18.

Seeing cars pinned underneath the semi, she thought the worst.

“By the look of the cars and the way the accident was, I don’t know how they lived through it,โ€ said Villalobos.

Lovington police say the 80-year-old semi truck driver had gotten lost, and attempted to make a U-turn on the highway without signaling or putting his hazard lights on.

“There was three cars behind him that impacted into his tractor and his trailer, and some of the vehicles became wedged under the trailer,โ€ said Lovington Police Det. David Miranda. 

Her sister, Jessica, who was eight and a half months pregnant, was in the front passenger seat of one of the smashed cars. She suffered a badly broken leg and was flown to Lubbock.

The shock of the accident sent Jessica into labor, forcing doctors to wait to do her surgery on her leg, drilling a rod to keep her femur in place so she could give birth.

“She’s so strong, but she just keeps saying her strength is coming from God,โ€ said Villalobos. 

Early Wednesday morning, she delivered a baby boy named Jason. Both are doing fine.

“He’s so cute, he has the biggest dimples, he’s healthy so that’s what really matters,โ€ said Villalobos. “It’s definitely a miracle. God saved them. He had his hand on their life.”

Police agree.

โ€œItโ€™s a miracle that no one was more seriously injured or killed. That stretch of road is a very heavily traveled corridor. Thereโ€™s a lot of oilfield traffic on it and itโ€™s always busy, so weโ€™re very lucky,โ€ said Miranda.

Villalobo’s 2-year-old nephew was also in the car and was unharmed. Her brother-in-law, who was driving, had a broken nose.

Police say the semi truck driver was cited for not signaling and making an improper turn.

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