Faith & Values

Updated: January 12, 2016

Couple posts heartwarming photo on Facebook after disastrous car crash

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

"Three seconds. That's how long we had from the moment we drifted off the road until the truck hit the pillar at 85mph," Arika Stovall wrote in a post on Facebook.

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Stovall, a student at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, and her boyfriend, Hunter Hanks, were on their way back to Nashville from Jacksonville, Florida on New Year's Day when they crashed into a concrete bridge pillar. They don't remember what happened in the moments before the crash.

The Toyota Tundra pickup truck they were traveling in was totaled. Hanks' head was plunged through the car's windshield. Stovall underwent a panic attack. The crash could have been fatal.

And yet, the two survived with little physical damage.

"(There were) no broken bones, concussions that lasted not even 24 hours, no internal damage and just a few stitches in my knee and Hunter's face," Stovall wrote. "I don't know how we lived through that," she told WTVF

Shortly after the crash, Stovall posted a photo on Facebook with a caption explaining the accident, the effects and her disbelief that the two had survived.

In the photo, Hanks is leaning over Stovall, who is lying in a hospital bed. Both are wearing neck braces and clearly wounded, but they're smiling at each other.

"Embrace the struggles and the joys of this life," Stovall wrote. "Without a doubt, it's a miracle we're alive, but more than that it's simply God's plan for us. We're so grateful for this wreck and all it will do in our lives. We are blessed to be okay."

The post has been shared more than 92,000 times. 

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