Today 30 years ago, country music legend Barbara Mandrell is nearly killed when her car is hit head-on by another car in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Mandrell and her two children are injured, while the driver of the other car is killed at the scene. The aftermath left Mandrell unable to record or perform for several months and a lawsuit she filed against the other driver’s estate, in order to obtain lost income, nearly ruined her image. Mandrell eventually recovered and performed her first concert in February 1986 and resumed touring shortly after. Mandrell retired from recording and performing in November 1997.

This 1985 interview with Barbara Walters is one of the first interviews Mandrell gave following the accident.

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