A Washington driver is extremely fortunate after she survived a crash with a semi-truck that left her car flattened on Tuesday.
The woman’s car was crushed by an 18-wheeler that came to a rest on top of her Nissan Altima.
It happened on I-5, just north of Seattle on the Skagit River Bridge.
Washington State Patrol Trooper Rocky Oliphant tells KOMO-TV:
“I don’t know how she survived this. She is the luckiest unlucky woman. I mean, unlucky to be in a situation like that but incredibly fortunate to have survived it… There is no explanation as to why she’s alive. Let alone (only with) minor injuries.”
Investigators say the 18-wheeler slammed into her as traffic in front of her slowed down.
Trooper Oliphant says, “The car was struck from behind, folded the vehicle in half.”
When a trooper approached the car, the woman called out, saying, “help, help.”
There’s really not a word to describe this collision. Miraculously believed to be minor injuries. The car was struck from behind, folded the car in half, and semi came to rest on top of the car. In my 14 year career, I have never seen anything like it. https://t.co/iUsSNIhHYV pic.twitter.com/EPGI70s3Um— Trooper Rocky Oliphant (@wspd7pio) November 16, 2021
A tow truck lifted the front end of the semi off the car; then the woman was able to crawl out of a bit of gap where her passenger-side window was, she was able to pull herself out with her power.
The tractor-trailer driver was cited for following too closely, a ticket that carries a $189 fine.