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Man Trapped for 5 Days in Wreckage After Truck Crashes Down 40+ Foot Embankment

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Lately, I’ve been trying my hand at some bodyweight exercise, and it’s proving to be a discipline that’s every bit mental as it is physical. Instead of lifting dumbbells, you’re just lifting your own mass.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not, and as your fatigue starts to build, you find your mind screaming, “Just stop already!”

Of course, you’re just moving your own frame around, and that’s when it hits you: You’re capable of far more than you believed you were.

A 23-year-old man from Sayward, British Columbia, Canada, learned that truth firsthand. According to Global News, Duncan Moffat left home in his dad’s pickup truck in early November — and vanished.

Family and friends feared the worst. And as they would later learn, the worst almost happened.

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The Times Colonist reported that Moffat couldn’t remember how his truck came to plunge down a steep embankment and wedge itself in a stand of trees. The best he could figure was that he fell asleep at the wheel.

As the truck vaulted down the 40-to-50-foot embankment, it must’ve slammed into a tree, bashing in the driver’s side door. The tortured metal ended up trapping Moffat in the vehicle.

The rest of his body was pretty banged up, too. He ended up breaking ribs, a femur and a shoulder blade.

His face was sliced up, and his teeth were chipped. The most amazing part was that it took him several days to realize what had happened.

“The last day and a half is when I realized where I was,” Moffat said. The rest of the time he spent in a dreamlike state.

At night he tried to insulate himself from the single-digit cold with cardboard. Scrounging around in the truck’s cab turned up a number of apples and a bottle of Gatorade, his only sustenance.

“The flavor was green apple,” he told BC Local News. “Of all the things I could have found, it had to be green apple.

“It was hilarious afterward, but at the moment I was like, ‘C’mon!’” Rescue eventually came in the form of a hunter who stumbled upon the wrecked vehicle.

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When the hunter realized someone was alive inside, he flagged down a car, and paramedics soon arrived. “We waited for the ambulance together, and it was honestly like the best moment,” Moffat said.

Moffat has a long road ahead of him. In addition to the broken bones, he has lingering nerve damage in his legs.

Still, he’s planning to fight on, saying, “It’s definitely been a pivotal moment for me in my life, definitely changed me. (I) will not give up, that’s for sure

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A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine.
A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine. Most days find him crafting copy for corporate and small-business clients, but he also occasionally indulges in creative writing. His short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines. Loren currently lives in south Florida with his wife and three children.
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