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MAN HAS ONLY MINOR INJURIES AFTER LARGE PIECE OF METAL CRASHES ON VEHICLE

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A large piece of scrap metal fell from a truck that lost control and overturned on an overpass of a Florida highway, crashing onto a car below and nearly crushing its driver, authorities said.

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According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the truck loaded with scrap metal was traveling westbound from the State Road 528 exit ramp onto Interstate 4 in Orange County on Saturday morning when its driver lost control and struck the guardrail. The truck flipped over, causing a large metal object it had been carrying to fly off the overpass and fall directly on top of a vehicle below that was exiting Interstate 4.

The scrap metal smashed in the roof of the car on the driver’s side, authorities said. But the driver, 36-year-old Jesus Armando Escobar of Orlando, miraculously survived and suffered only minor injuries.

The outcome would have been different had the object landed a foot in the other direction, authorities said.

The driver of the overturned truck, 33-year-old Antonio Santiago Wharton of Kisimmee, also suffered minor injuries and was ticketed for careless driving, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.