Latter-day Saint Life

LDS Woman Who Survived Crash into River Says "Many, Many Miracles" Kept Her Alive


“I feel his guidance a lot. I feel his love and care,” Arlene says about her husband who passed away in a car accident. “I will be with him again and I just feel so blessed that I’m still able to be here and have my great family.”

For Arlene Hix, it’s still hard to talk about six months later.

In some ways, Oct. 20 seems like yesterday. In other ways, it feels like the events of that day are a distant memory. Regardless, she says there were “many, many miracles” that will never be forgotten.

Arlene and her husband, Veldon, were driving through the Snake River Canyon near Jackson Hole on their way to watch a granddaughter play volleyball. The couple had recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary and were the proud parents of seven children, 31 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

It was around 1 p.m. and Veldon was behind the wheel. Arlene had fallen asleep when she was suddenly jolted awake.

“The man behind us said that my husband crossed the road, hit the left side and then crossed over the right side,” Arlene recalls. “We took out six rails and our car plunged down into the river.”

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