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Car Accident Survivor Thanks Saviors

Alexandra Ósk Magnúsdóttir, whose car overturned near Sandgerði in South Iceland on March 22, thanked the men who saved her life and the lives of her two young children at the fire station in Keflavík yesterday, by presenting them with flowers and engraved shields.

“There are good people in this world,” commented Alexandra’s fiancé, Aron Arnbjörnsson, who made pancakes for the occasion, Vísir reports. “We wanted to show them gratitude but of course we can never thank them enough.”

Alexandra was talking with her daughter, who was sitting in the back seat, and as she looked in the rear-view mirror for a moment, she drove onto loose gravel on the side of the road and lost control of the car, which overturned many times, Stöð 2 reports.

Alexandra was thrown out of the car and it landed on top of her. Her children, Díana, who is three, and Sigurður Mikael, who is 1, were left hanging upside down in the safety belts of their car seats.

By coincidence, friends Najdan Ilievski and Nikola Tisma, who were hunting foxes, noticed the vehicle. They heard the children cry and rushed to the scene and realized that Alexandra was trapped. They managed to roll the car over and then called the emergency services.

Alexandra said she had been conscious the whole time and when she heard the men’s voices, she became filled with hope. She described their rescue as a miracle. In spite of the serious accident, Alexandra was quick to recover. Her children escaped unharmed.

“After 24 hours, I still haven’t returned to normal. I keep thinking about it,” Najdan told Vísir the day after the accident. “What if we hadn’t been at that place at that time?”

“When we found the car it had rolled all the way to the lava field,” Najdan described of the scene. “At first we couldn’t see anything but we heard the children cry.”

His and Nikola’s first thought had been to save the children, who were hanging upside down, but they didn’t notice Alexandra until they started lifting the car. She was bleeding from her head but was fully conscious and was able to calm her children.

“This moment was also therapeutic, it was good for us all to meet and talk about the accident,” Aron said of yesterday’s reunion. “They also arrived with flowers and were happy to see with their own eyes how Díana and Sigurður Mikael have recovered after the accident,” Alexandra added of her saviors.

The men had especially requested that they get to see the children again. “My daughter-in-law is pregnant and maybe tonight or in the coming days my little grandchild will arrive. Perhaps I’m so nervous because of that. Maybe I’ll relax if I see them again,” Najdan commented.

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