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Trucker rescued himself from terrifying bridge crash before truck exploded


A truck driver is lucky to have survived a fiery crash that left his truck’s trailer dangling off an Arizona bridge over the weekend.

The crash occurred around 4 a.m. on Saturday, August 8, in the Virgin River Gorge area in Arizona.

Police say that the truck driver was hauling a load of food on I-15 near mile marker 23 when he lost control, taking out almost 100 feet of guardrail on Bridge No.7.

The crash left the trailer dangling over the edge of the bridge.

Fortunately, the truck driver was able to kick out the truck’s windshield and escape from the mangled cab just moments before the truck exploded in a “fireball”.

When authorities arrived on scene, the driver was nearby and unhurt.

Trooper Thomas Callister with the Arizona Department of Public Safety told the St. George News, “Seriously, this is one of the worst wrecks I have ever seen. And this driver literally kicked his way out of the cab and didn’t have a scratch on him.”

As the load of food and trailer were caught up the blaze, burning debris dropped down and caused a brush fire below.

A portion of northbound I-15 was shut down for more than 13 hours for the crash.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


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