EXCLUSIVE: Utah woman details attempted ambush while in Kenya

A Utah woman is speaking for the first time after the dash cam video of the vehicle she was riding in with her husband and two others went viral from an attempted ambush. (Photo: Lauren Swenson)

(KUTV) -- A Utah woman is speaking for the first time after the dash camera video of the vehicle she was riding in with her husband and two others went viral from an attempted ambush.

“I didn't realize ‘Wow this is really happening to us,’” said Lauren Swenson in an exclusive 2News interview.

Lauren and her husband, Bryant, moved to Africa to start a CrossFit gym two years ago. While driving to film a fitness video, they literally took a turn for the worst.

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"At that time, we were seeing the machette flash in the sky," she said.

Like a scene from the movie, Lauren and her husband narrowly escaped three men running at them with machetes. She explained:

There was a big jam up so we took a diversion that would take us where we needed to be. As we went around the bus they saw us as another target.

The dash cam on the vehicle captured the unforgettable moment they have replayed hundreds of times in the last week.

It’s not the first time the dash cam has come in handy. A short six months ago, Lauren found herself in traffic.

“All of sudden, right in front of me, was a truck coming in my direction," she said.

She evaded both situations saying that she believed it just wasn’t her time.

It’s an experience that motivates her and her husband to never take their feet off the gas pedal.

Lauren concluded: “(It’s) kind of our personality is to be ready for anything.”



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