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A tire blowout that caused a two-ton minivan to veer into her path on Highway 90 near Knippa, Texas, Jan. 2, nearly cost 1st Lt. Laura Jones her life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jimmie D. Pike/ Released)

A tire blowout that caused a two-ton minivan to veer into her path on Highway 90 near Knippa, Texas, Jan. 2, nearly cost 1st Lt. Laura Jones her life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jimmie D. Pike/ Released)

Tire blow-outs are no fun (reference “Nearly ‘Re-tired,’” Fall 2014 issue, page 12). Some years back I had a tire blow on my truck, lost control and flipped it. Luckily, no one else hit me and I was wearing a seat belt; so I escaped with hardly a scratch (though I did have some soreness for about a week — especially in my neck). Glad to hear 1st Lt. Laura Jones has recovered and is back to flying. Anyway, thank you for the story and the survival tips … I learned mine the hard way.

Staff Sgt. H.L. Montoya
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