Woman who survived crash loses home in fire

February 15, 2012 3:07:22 PM PST
A Delaware family has been through one tragedy after another. From a car accident to a devastating fire, it's been hard for the family to get back on their feet.

But, while they continue to struggle, they are getting help from a friend who says she'll be there as long as they need her.

Action News was there as Nancy Bennett, with her youngest grandson, visited what was once their home in Stanton, Delaware. On January 19th the place she was raising all six of her grandchildren was heavily damaged by fire.

It's just one of several misfortunes this family has had to deal with. Back in December, Bennett nearly lost her life.

"I had an appointment on the 27th of December to drop some papers off and I broke down," said Bennett.

After the car broke down, Bennett ended up taking the bus to the intersection at Limestone Road.

"There were no cars coming and I started to cross the road," she said. "Next thing I know, the first one hit me and knocked me down."

Then, a second car hit her.

"She ended up with a wheel on top of my leg," said Bennett.

With injuries including a chipped femur, muscle distortion and deep scrapes - Bennett is not only coping with her injuries, she's also dealing with the fact they are homeless.

Fortunately, Nancy Glynn came along. It's been tough and space is limited, but Glynn - a teacher at Forest Oak School, where the children attend - made room for the family while they got back on their feet.

"Everybody has been coming together to support and keep this family together, but these kids need a home and they need a home badly," Glynn said.

Bennett is hoping to find a new, affordable home that keeps the children in the Red Clay school district. She also needs another car.

Despite the hardships, somehow she's still grateful.

"I'm really luck to be alive," Bennett said. "I'm here for a reason."