NEW ORLEANS – Madison Hunt, a life coach from Alaska, was traveling from her mom's home in Alabama to visit a friend in New Orleans.
Now, Hunt is stranded in New Orleans after she was hurt in a crash with a prison bus on I-55.
The last thing she remembers before the accident on April 6 was suddenly being spun around, out of nowhere, she said.
“When I came to is when I saw the bus like right there, kind of by my head,” Hunt said.
The injuries sustained from the crash have left her unable to move much of her arm and leg, and she said the pain is often so excruciating she can barely hold a phone, let alone drive.
Since the accident, Hunt said she had saved up to drive home to her native Alaska in her fixed up camper. A generous friend has let her stay with them for the time being.
“There’s a time limit. You can’t stay here forever,” Hunt said. “I don’t want to.”
Hunt said now she is stuck because the costs have added up and she has yet to see an insurance payout.
“Because I had taken this one step to become an entrepreneur, I have worked since I was 14,” Hunt said. “So I decided to do the life coaching thing, and I did not have my personal medical insurance.”
Hunt said she left a corporate job with plans to become a life coach. It was a dream after battling cancer in her youth. But now she’s the one in need of help.
“I just want to go home and be safe with my family and have that hug from my mom,” Hunt said.
She has set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to help her get back on her feet.