LINDEN - A North Brunswick woman was able to cross off a big entry on her bucket list today when she sat behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer.

For 80 years, 97-year-old Vera Abruzzi has wanted to feel the power of a big rig.

"Every time I saw a truck going by, I used to wish that I was driving it and so finally my dream came true before I die," she says. "I always wanted to drive a tractor-trailer, not a car."

Her grandson helped her live out that that dream Wednesday, with the help of Winsor's Tractor Trailer Driving School.

After her big rig driving lesson, Abruzzi told her grandson, "Good thing I didn't tell you I wanted to fly a plane."