TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - It was a normal commute home for Macaela Whitaker when things took a turn for the worse.
"I could see in front of me some trucks were starting to slide and put on their breaks," said Whitaker. "I looked to the right to see if I could get over—there was no chance for me to."
Whitaker was one of 21 drivers involved in a massive Friday afternoon pile-up on I-75 north near State Route 582.
Her car slammed into a mid-size commercial truck before getting rear-ended by multiple vehicles. The accident shut down the snow covered interstate for hours.
"After the initial kinda' panic, I took stock and I'm like, 'Ok. I'm breathing. Yes, I'm bleeding, but I'm not sure from where. I can feel my toes, but my legs are pinned under the steering column,'" said Whitaker.
Now recovering from the comforts of home, the theater instructor has numerous stitches in her forehead and hand along with multiple bumps and bruises.
Despite her injuries, Whitaker says it's a miracle she was able to walk away with no broken bones after being rescued.
"I looked back over and saw the car and I'm like, 'Oh my goodness! I'm really, really lucky to have gotten through that with only the couple of injuries that I have,'" said Whitaker.
"I don't know how she stayed as calm as she did because I would have—I was already in rough shape and I wasn't even there," said Macaela's husband Scott.
He was at work when he got the call about the accident.
"I was pretty much melting, I was freaking out at work," said Scott Whitaker. "I was really upset."
After seeing pictures of the mangled wreckage, he's grateful to have her home.
"She's in one piece," said Scott. "She's in good health--mending, but sore. I'm just thankful."
The couple now counting their blessings in the aftermath of an accident that could have ended a lot worse.
At last check, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is still investigating exactly what caused that massive wreck.