Large piece of scrap metal crushes van in Florida, driver survives

A metal object flew off an overpass in Florida onto a van below (Credit: WFTV)

A man miraculously survived a large piece of scrap metal crushing his van after the massive pipe fell from a truck that lost control and overturned on a Florida highway on Saturday.

Jesus Armando Escobar, 36, was exiting off Interstate 4 onto State Road 528 around 7:35 a.m. Above him on the overpass, Antonio Santiago Wharton, 33, of Kissimmee, was driving a Mack truck loaded down with scrap metal.

Wharton lost control of the truck, hit the guardrail and overturned the vehicle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

A large metal pipe flew off Wharton's truck, tumbled off the overpass and landed on the roof of Escobar's Pontiac van, according to WFTV.

The impact completely crushed the driver side roof of the van, troopers said. Amazingly, Escobar was able to walk away from the crash with only minor injuries.

Wharton was cited for careless driving.

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