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Miracle on Ice: Driver Escapes Sure Death After Being Trapped Between Two Tractor Trailers

January 19, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Miracle on Ice: Driver Escapes Sure Death After Being Trapped Between Two Tractor Trailers Image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

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A driver, whose SUV was crushed between two big rigs in a horrific pileup on an icy freeway was caught on camera.

Kaleb Whitby, 27, managed to stay calm after becoming trapped in the wreckage of what used to be his Chevy Silverado, after the two 18 wheelers smashed into each other on the I-84 in Oregon, crushing his car like a pancake with him in the middle.

Image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

Image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

Although it looked as if it would be certain death for anyone caught in such a wreckage, wedged between the two metal trailers, and trapped with the steering column tight against his leg, miraculously Whitby, survived and emerged unscathed.

He posed for the photograph, taken by another truck driver involved in the Saturday morning 50-driver pile up, which left 18-wheelers sprawled across the icy freeway outside Baker City, Oregon.

Whitby described the terrifying moments before his unlikely survival to The Oregonian, saying he swerved to avoid a jackknifed truck – only to get crushed by another out of control big rig.

He had been driving up an incline behind the vehicle for a while, Whitby said, but backed away because the fog was so thick.

The next time he saw it, the big rig was splayed across the lanes of the freeway, leaving him nowhere to go.

He tried to swerve round it, but hit the back end and was left sitting on the road, with traffic approaching.

Next, he noticed a second big rig barreling towards him, with no way to avoid him. ‘I just braced and hoped that everything would be all right’, Whitby said.

The next thing he knew, the crash was over and he was surrounded by broken glass and mangled metal – but was otherwise unharmed.

Whitby, a farmer from Pasco, Washington, managed to cut himself free of his seatbelt, and move the steering column from his leg.

He then shouted for help – and was rescued by Sergi Karplyuk, who drove the second truck in the crash. Whitby, now safe, posed for the incredible picture before getting out.

After looking himself over, Whitby realized he was hardly injured at all. He told The Oregonian: ‘I’ve got two Band-Aids on my right ring finger. And a little bit of ice on my left eye.’

Twelve people were taken to the hospital as a result of the pile up, one of whom was in critical condition Sunday. The freeway has since been re-opened.

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