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 Saturday, March 8, the 67th day of 2014. There are 298 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The price of board for single gentlemen occupying rooms in Davenport hotels has been raised to $10 per week. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Dr. J.W. Stewart was elected president of the Rock Island County Bible Society. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. I.O. Nothstein, Rock Island, was named president of the Woman's Home and Foreign Missionary Society of the Twin Cities. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Athel Young, wife of Chic Young, who draws the internationally famous "Blondie" comic strip, has been visiting her mother, Mrs. John Miller, in Rock Island for three weeks. The Youngs' infant son accompanied his mother. 1964 -- 50 years ago: 750 students from 30 northern Illinois high schools will take part in the Class D state finals music contest to be held next Saturday on the Augustana College campus. 1989 -- 25 years ago: A near capacity crowd shook the rafters at Wharton field House in Moline Tuesday night. When the decibel level returned to normal, Alleman's Pioneers had pulled out a 54-49 victory over the Orion Chargers. The win advanced Alleman into the Elite Eight for the first time in 25 years.