Florida motorist dodges death as large pipe crushes van

Florida motorist dodges death as large pipe crushes van

Florida motorist dodges death as large pipe crushes van

Troopers say a minivan driven by Jesus Armando Escobar, 36, of Orlando, was on an I-4 ramp when a semi-truck on the highway above lost control and overturned, dumping a large metal pipe from its bed.

A semi truck was hauling scrap metal Saturday morning when the driver lost control on an exit ramp, dropping some of his haul onto a auto below.

The truck struck the guardrail and flipped over, The Florida Highway Patrol said.

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The truck driver, a 33-year-old Kissimmee man, also suffered minor injuries.

That pipe, several feet long, fell onto the minivan on the ramp below, smashing the windshield, roof, driver's door, and passenger door behind Escobar.

Jesus Armando Escobar was on an Orlando-area highway when there was a auto accident on the guardrail above him.

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Somehow, Escobar was able to walk away from the crash with only minor injuries.

Theodore Olson, who works at a towing service in Orlando, says he's seen a lot of wrecks but nothing like this. "I thought it was a fatality, to be honest with you".

The driver of the truck was ticketed for careless driving.

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