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Parkston girls recovering after head-on collision

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It was a scene that left many without words.

A man driving the wrong way on a Kansas City, Missouri, interstate hit Kayla and KrissaMarie head-on at more than 60 miles an hour.

Missouri authorities say the man was drinking.

Fortunately, the sisters were wearing seatbelts.

"I had a lot of paramedics say that it probably did save our lives, at least part of what saved our lives," KrissaMarie Wiechmann said.

The other, a good Samaritan, who was on the scene with a fire extinguisher to put out a blaze before anyone else got there. He was a man the girls never remember seeing but felt an impact they won't forget.

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for saving both my sister and I," KrissaMarie said. "To get that close to losing your sister, we've been pretty close," she said.

Her sister Kayla Wiechmann is still in a Kansas City hospital with broken, shattered bones in both her arms and legs. KrissaMarie suffered bruises, internal bleeding and a fractured knee.

The injuries will one day be gone, but KrissaMarie says there's one feeling that won't.

"What if I would have said we could make a different stop or decided to leave the next morning instead of that night. I was the one who wanted to head back early so I feel a little guilty," KrissaMarie said.

But she adds they're thankful they're still alive. While a lot of challenges lie ahead, KrissaMarie just calls it a speed bump.


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