Walking Miracle: Man Survives Being Crushed Under Flipped Semitrailer


Driving a little car past a giant semitrailer truck can be daunting. These large 18-wheeled vehicles loom high above most freeways and their maximum weight is 80,000 pounds.

According to, approximately 5,000 people in passenger vehicles die every year in accidents involving semi-trucks.

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A car accident on a rainy day in Los Angeles a few years ago looked like it was headed toward the same outcome.

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Four lanes of traffic on the freeway were shut down to make room for rescue crews to work at the scene of the accident.

A semi-truck had flipped over on its side, and a small car was trapped underneath.

“I just need to confirm, do we have anyone trapped in the vehicle?” the police dispatcher asked.

According to witnesses, the driver of the passenger vehicle was still trapped inside the car that was crushed by the truck.

Although the driver’s chances of surviving the incident were slim, rescuers still worked to free him from the metal prison.

They first formed an assembly line to unload the trailer to try to get as much weight out of it as possible.

Then, ropes were attached to the sides of the vehicle so the rescuers could try and lift the trailer off of the car and the trapped driver.

A crane slowly raised the trailer, and rescuers could not believe what was revealed underneath.

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The driver was still breathing after being crushed by the heavy trailer. After the door of the car was pried open, the driver got out of the car and walked away.

It was a miracle that the driver survived and walked away without a scratch!

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
Graduated with Honors
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
Books Written
Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
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