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Victim Remembers Texting before Fiery Crash


A 27-year-old woman was rescued from her burning car last year in Ellis County. She survived and now she has a message for drivers who text while behind the wheel.

Last June, Jamie Nash was driving her PT Cruiser on Highway 83 just east of Ennis when she lost control of her car. It rolled over, hit a tree and burst into flames.

She doesn’t remember much about the crash.

“I remember pleading. I saw one rescuer’s face at the side of my car,” she said. “I just remember screaming for his help. Please get me out.”

Dash cam video of the accident shows Ellis County sheriff’s deputies, Ennis police officers and good Samaritans working together to pull her out of the burning car.

“Then I remember it was actually two months later waking up in the hospital,” she said.

Nash had third and fourth degree burns over 70 percent of her body. She can’t move her arms because the fire burned her elbows to the bone. She must stretch her entire body every hour of the day.

“I’ve only lost three toes though. So out of it all I am blessed,” she said.

That’s why she wants others to hear her story and learn from it. Particularly, Nash remembers texting right before the crash.

“Nothing is important. Put the phone down,” she said.

She knows she was given a second chance at life thanks to God and the people who rescued her.

“I’m different now. My life is forever changed from it,” Nash said.

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