Morgan Lake speaks after car plunges off Bay Bridge

BAY BRIDGE, Md. (WJLA) -- Morgan Jade lake recounts the horrifying moments on Friday when an 18-wheeler slammed into the back of her car on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

The force of the crash pushed her car off the bridge and into the water 40 feet below.

The 22-year-old College of Southern Maryland student says she felt herself starting to drown. But what happened next was nothing short of a miracle.

"I visualized my car, took my right hand, pushed the seatbelt, turned to the left side - window was already broken - went through it, pushed off to get momentum to get to the surface," she says.

She managed to swim to some nearby rocks and wait for rescuers. She was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore.

Her amazing story of survival was on the minds of many crossing the bay bridge Monday. Even those who cross it regularly say they can’t help but fear the worst.

“I’m pretty sure it crosses everybody's mind at one point,” says Tony Tsimilas.

Engineers gathered at the accident scene Monday to determine how Lake's car got up and over the safety barrier. A full report will take months.

Lake herself says it’s always been a fear of hers. But the Calvert County student from never thought it could really happen.

Her injuries included a sprained ankle and some bumps and some bruises.

“I'm just blessed to be here,” she says. “Blessed to get a second chance at life.”