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I-94 crash survivor: 'God was with me'

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I-94 crash survivor: 'God was with me'

By Tom Murray. CREATED Dec 23, 2013 - UPDATED: Dec 23, 2013

GREENFIELD - A Greenfield woman who survived a horrific winter crash on I-94 in Racine County wants to share a message about family and faith this Christmas.

Diane West will cherish time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren this week.
 
"The fact that I'm here is really a miracle," she told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray.  "It all happened so fast."
 
December 8th was one of the worst days ever on Milwaukee area freeways.  There were hundreds of crashes in an icy snowstorm.  
 
Diane and her brother had just left a Sunday morning church service in Oak Creek.  They were on their way to visit relatives in Sturtevant.
 
Diane's car was crunched under the front of a semi in a chain reaction crash.  It took rescuers several hours to get her out.
 
"When I called out to my brother and didn't hear back from him, I had feeling he wasn't with me any longer," she said.  "I was praying for God to send more people to help, because I could hear people yelling and I knew that there were people trapped in the cars."
 
Diane's brother, Brian Sanders of Greendale, died in the passenger seat.  The siblings talked about heaven just hours before his death on their way to church.
 
"My brother said 'I'm ready, I'm ready.  I could go today'," Diane said.  "I feel blessed to be alive.  I don't believe in luck.  I believe in divine appointments and that God was with me."
 
Brian Sander's funeral was this past weekend.