The editorial page editor for The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus said her car's airbag saved her life Wednesday morning when her car collided head-on with a pickup truck.
Vehicles driven by Kenda Burrows, 51, New Windsor, and Timothy Boersen, 45, Sherrard, collided at 5:46 a.m. on Knoxville Road, about three miles east of Sherrard, according to Mercer County Sheriff Tom Thompson.
According to Sheriff Thompson, both drivers were negotiating a curve and hit in the center of the roadway. No citations were issued.
Ms. Burrows refused medical treatment, but said Thursday she is heavily bruised and sore. She was on her way to work when the accident happened. Ms. Burrows said she had to climb out the passenger side door.
"The airbag saved me," she said Thursday. "I was very, very lucky."
Mr. Boersen was not injured, according to Sheriff Thompson.
Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet. 1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.