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TONIGHT AT 11: Storm Survivor Tells Special Story In WRAL Special Report

Posted November 4, 2003 1:41 a.m. EST

— On Sept. 18, as the remnants of Hurricane Isabel blew through Raleigh, Clare Holt was driving home. Two falling oak trees stopped her in her tracks.

"I remember screaming," Holt said, "screaming for someone to call my husband, screaming his cell phone number."

Then she blacked out.

"I woke up to sirens and chain saws and people coming to my aid," Holt said.

Holt was trapped inside the wreckage. She fractured a vertebrae and had other injuries that made her nearly paralyzed.

"When I look at the still pictures of the crushed car, I wonder how anybody could have survived something like that," Holt said.

How did she survive? For the rest of this story, watch WRAL News tonight at 11.