August 12, 2011 01:34:50 GMT
Feeling lucky to be alive, the 'iCarly' star reportedly tells those close to her that if it wasn't for her bus driver's quick thinking, she won't only suffer a broken ankle.
Miranda Cosgrove suffered a broken ankle after her tour bus got involved in an accident recently, but she is reportedly singing praise for her bus driver. TMZ reported that the "iCarly" star has been telling those close to her that the bus driver's quick thinking has saved her life.
When the bus crash happened on Thursday (August 11) morning, the 18-year-old songstress was on the way to Kansas for her Friday stop on the Dancing Crazy Tour. Accordingly, her tour bus was traveling in the dark and came upon an already-overturned tractor-trailer on I-70 just outside of Vandalia, Illinois a little too late.
Since there was no time to avoid the semi-truck without potentially overturning the bus, the driver hit the brakes and face the trailer head on. Because of the crash, the driver was seriously injured and had to be airlifted from the crash scene to a nearby hospital where he received 45 stitches.
A source close to Miranda told PEOPLE, "The driver was hurt, too, and he's in really bad shape." Having described the accident as "a life-threatening crash", the insider shared, "A piece from the tractor-trailer went straight through the windshield and the driver's arm was sliced all the way through."
While dishing on the bus driver's condition, the insider also spilled that Miranda's mother was also injured in the crash. "Miranda's mom was on the bus with her and got really beaten up by the crash," so said the source before pointing on the positive side, "She's expected to fully recover."
A representative for Miranda has come out with a statement regarding the crash. "There were five passengers on the bus, and Miranda suffered a broken ankle. At this time, we are told everyone will be fine," said the rep. "Because of this, her tour is postponed until further notice. Miranda thanks everyone for their understanding and support."