LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) – Trainer Dale Romans will remember the night of this year’s Kentucky Derby for all the wrong reasons.

“You realize how fast 40 MPH is when you lose control and you are just spinning around,” said Romans.  “I knew that it was bad.”

Romans was driving late Saturday on Southern Parkway when he collided with a car that ran a stop sign.

“It spun me into oncoming traffic. We got t-boned by a big pickup truck on the passenger side” said Romans.  “I was hoping when we finally stopped everyone was still alive.”

It was a three car wreck that was bad but could have been a lot worse.

Romans ended up a pulled muscle in his back and with bruised ribs.  Four of his passengers were sent to the hospital and even though one remains hospitalized with a broken pelvis, everyone will live.

“We all had our seat belts on. I think that played a big role in everyone coming out alive.”

As Dale continues to recover from the accident, he’s also getting set for next Saturday’s Preakness. Brody’s Cause who finished 7th in the Kentucky Derby is out. Cherry Wine who finished third at the Blue Grass is in.

“He (Cherry Wine) is a horse that’s doing well. He didn’t have to make the two week turnaround so we have to look at the positive of not making it to the Derby. “

As for Romans, he’s looking at the positives as well. As cliché as it sounds, the accident has given him a new perspective, not only on life but on his profession.

“Everyone says, wait till next year. You better not wait till next year on anything. You never know what next year will bring.”

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