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An Indianapolis woman is recovering after being hit twice on the interstate while waiting for help.

Tuaren Averitte, 21, was on her way back from buying groceries when she got stuck in a pile of snow on I-465 near the Rockville Road exit.

According to Indiana State Police, she was waiting for AAA to rescue her, when she was first hit by a pickup. Averitte’s car spun into the middle of the roadway. She was then hit again by an oncoming semi that didn’t see her.

“By the grace of God, she’s still here with me today,” said Delisa Evans, Averitte’s mother. “I was so shaken. I had two different shoes on. I just threw on socks and took off [to the hospital].”

The impact of the crash was so hard, the semi flipped.

“It’s a blessing she’s still here,” said Evans. “She was thrown from the driver’s seat to the passenger seat.”

Averitte is in fair condition at Eskenazi Health’s intensive care unit. Doctors are still monitoring a blood clot in Tuaren’s brain from where she hit her head.

Evans has a strong message to drivers to slow down.

“[Stop going] too fast,” she said. “You’re endangering yourself as well as others around you.”

The drivers of the pickup and semi were not injured.