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Nurse crawls from car wreck, still makes her shift

An American nurse involved in a 1.5 mile long car pile up crawled out of the wreckage of her car and went straight to her shift.

Rebecca Benson described the scene that left six dead and 36 people injured as something out of a "zombie movie".

The crash occurred on the I-35 freeway after a night of freezing rain in the Fort Worth area. Benson was on her way to work at a north Texas hospital at around 6.30am when her car began to slide due to icy roads and she ended up crashed alongside 100 other vehicles.

“I’m trying to not spin out and to figure out if I can stop. I mean, my foot was as close to going through the floorboard as it possibly could be,” Benson told ABC’s World News Tonight.

Benson said she could only look on as the scene unfolded and was shaking as car after car joined the pile up.

"I looked in my rearview mirror and can see all of these cars heading towards me. So I think that was the scariest part, knowing that I survived this part but now the chances of me getting completely smashed by all the cars and semis behind me," she told ABC.

Benson was helped from her car by another motorist, called a colleague who was nearby and got a lift to the hospital in time to make her shift.

She eventually got a check up by doctors at the urging of her husband and escaped with minor injuries.

"My husband was like, 'We need to get to the hospital.' So I worked until things kind of cleared up, and then got a ride and came to the hospital to get checked out," Benson told ABC.

"I have neck pain, shoulder pain, and my left elbow is bruised to the high heavens and, you know, typical aches and pains that you would have. But I am unbelievably blessed."

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