Bus crash victim rushed to hospital to give birth to twins | KOB 4

Bus crash victim rushed to hospital to give birth to twins

Megan Abundis
September 03, 2018 07:38 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - We are hearing from three of the survivors of the deadly bus crash on I-40.


It's been four days since a semi crossed the median into oncoming traffic, colliding head-on with a Greyhound bus, killing eight people.

"It was like a movie, it wasn't just happening to us, the whole world was ending," said Joseph Chandler, another survivor on the bus. "When I looked around the bus everyone was bleeding, faces, ears, nose, mouth. I just snapped and said, 'Everybody let's get off the bus one at a time let's go, let's go!"

Joseph Chandler sprang into action helping not only his own family but others.

"When I picked Christy up I thought she was dead," Chandler said. "I was picking her body up off the bus so if anything happened to the bus, blow up, I'd have her. Then she woke up in my arms and I said 'Oh my God, baby we are going to be okay, we are going to get off this bus'."

Christy Westerdale and Joseph Chandler were on their way home to California from Oklahoma.

She also happened to be 7 months pregnant with twins, she and her family were rushed to the hospital for an emergency delivery.

"I don't remember anything at all, nothing, I just remember being in the ambulance," Westerdale said. "I was just praying, hoping they were okay."

Christy and her family were sitting in the middle of the bus when a semi blew a front tire, crashing head-on with the Greyhound.

Christy was forced to have an emergency delivery at a Gallup hospital.

"I was unconscious, but whenever I woke up I was in the ambulance," Westerdale told KOB. "We got to the hospital and they say I had a placental abruption and that the baby boys' heartbeat was getting lower."

Two months premature, the twins are now receiving care at the neonatal newborn intensive center at UNM.

"They are in incubation, feeding tubes, oxygen is hooked up to them and under the blue lights and everything," she said.

Westerdale's other daughter, four-year-old Paytin was on the bus, too. Her parents tell us she is recovering with minor injuries.

The young family of now five say they are struggling to survive financially.

They are living in a motel while the twins are at the hospital for at least another two months.

Christy will find out tomorrow if she needs surgery on her knee and hip.

The family will be in Albuquerque for another two months while the twins recover.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family during this difficult time. Click here to donate.


Megan Abundis

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