Driver pinned between two semi-trucks survives crash

All that was left of his truck was a crushed shell around his seat, and him in it; he recalls the terrifying crash that was part of a 26-vehicle pileup


BAKER CITY, Ore. — A man who was pinned between two semi-trucks suffered only a few bruises, and lived to tell the frightening tale.

While travelling on a foggy, icy highway, he smashed his truck into the back of a jackknifed semi-truck, and flipped over. Then he saw another semi-truck approaching.

“When I saw those lights coming, I knew he was going to hit me,” Kaleb Whitby, 27, told CNN. “And then I closed my eyes and prayed that everything turned out OK. That was all I could do.”

The tractor-trailer smashed into him, crushing his truck. All that was left was Whitby’s seat with him in, pinned between the two trucks.

“It was just metal crunching and glass,” he said. “It was just all fast and loud.”

He was part of a 26-vehicle pileup Saturday on Interstate 84 that left about a dozen people injured, including two seriously. Icy conditions caused the chain reaction crash.

Whitby suffered a bruise on his left eyebrow, and a few scratches on his right hand.

As he waiting in his seat, passers-by came to help. One man pulled his feet out just enough where he could slide out of his truck.

“I got scared of the possibility it could have been the end,” he said. 

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