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Posted: July 15, 2017

Florida man survives falling scrap metal crushing his van

Florida Highway Patrol

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By Joy Johnston, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —

A Florida man had no idea what was about to happen as he exited an interstate Saturday morning.

Jesus Armando Escobar, 36, is lucky to be alive after surviving a serious crash.

Antonio Santiago Wharton, 33, of Kissimmee, was driving a Mack truck loaded down with scrap metal on the overpass above Escobar.

As Wharton negotiated a curve, he lost control of the truck, which hit a guardrail and overturned, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

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A large metal pipe flew off Wharton’s truck, tumbled off the overpass and landed squarely on the roof of Escobar’s van.

The force of the impact completely crushed the driver side roof of the van, troopers said. 

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

Wharton was ticketed for careless driving.


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