ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - The Florida Highway Patrol continues to investigate a freak accident, where a 6,000-pound pipe fell onto a van.
Troopers expressed amazement that Jesus Armando Escobar, 36, survived the crash in Orlando on Saturday morning. The pipe fell off an overpass from a truck loaded with scrap metal, according to the FHP. The truck overturned when the driver lost control, negotiating a curve, and hit a guardrail.
Escobar, of Orlando, was driving a 2003 Pontiac van. The scrap metal hauler was on a ramp heading to westbound Interstate 4 at the time off of State Road 528. Escobar suffered a broken neck, and his attorney says it's a miracle he's alive.
"I've been doing this for 35 years and handled all kinds of cases, but I've never had one where a 6,000-pound pipe fell out of the sky onto my client's vehicle," said attorney Dutch Anderson. "It's a miracle, and we're hoping he makes a full recovery, but only time will tell."
Escobar was heading to work on Saturday morning, when the monster pipe came crashing down.
"He woke up in the emergency room but doesn't remember where he was," Anderson said. "He's in a lot of pain. Unfortunately, he's got a broken neck, he's got a large scalp laceration that essentially went from side to side. They've got him in a hard cervical collar which is very uncomfortable, he can't take it off at all, even for a shower."
He believes the pipe fell on the passenger side of the van and rolled across.
"I think if anybody had been in the passenger seats or rear seats they would have been killed instantly. His child's car seat was crushed."
While Anderson said Escobar embraces this "miracle," a new challenge is already falling down upon him.
"He's out of work, his family's missing his income, they need to get this vehicle replaced they have lots of medical bills."
The worker is married and the father of three kids. Anderson read a statement from Escobar, "I'm thankful I'm alive and I'm thankful it was just me and no one else was in the car."
Anderson said his client is grateful to a woman who pulled over and got him out of the van. He hopes to find out who she was, so he can thank her.