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Posted: July 19, 2017

Victim crushed by 7,000-pound metal pipe hitting his van, making miraculous recovery


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By Lauren Seabrook, WFTV.com

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —

A man who survived a 7,000 pound metal pipe crushing his van while he was driving on a Florida highway has a long road to recovery. 

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Jesus Armando Escobar, 36, has a broken neck and several scrapes and bruises, his attorney told WFTV.

Antonio Santiago Wharton, 33, of Kissimmee, was driving a Mack truck loaded down with scrap metal through Orange County Sunday morning. 

As he negotiated a curve, he lost control of his truck, hit the guardrail and overturned, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. 

A 7,000 pound metal pipe flew off Wharton’s truck, tumbled off the highway overpass and landed squarely on the roof of Escobar’s Pontiac Van.

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

Wharton was ticketed for careless driving.

 


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