driving westbound on the State Road 528 exit to Interstate 4 when he
lost control of his truck, struck the guardrail and overturned.
As the truck tipped over, a large metal pipe tumbled off the overpass
and landed on top of 36-year-old Jesus Armando Escobar’s Pontiac van,
“Another foot to the left and he would be dead,” Florida Highway
Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes tells PEOPLE. “He had no idea. He didn’t see it
coming. It came down right in the middle of his van. It is miraculous he
didn’t get more than a scratch on his face.”
Montes is thankful there wasn’t anyone in the passenger seat. “If
there had been any passenger that passenger would have been dead,” she
Escobar was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center and has since been released.
The truck driver, 33-year-old Antonio Santiago Wharton, was uninjured and ticketed for careless driving.
Florida Highway Patrol
Montes say the ramp has been the site of numerous accidents and fatalities.
“We have had so many crashes there,” she says. ” They take the ramp
too fast, hit the guardrail and end up overturning. We have had a couple
of fatalities from semis doing that.”
Luckily, not this time.
“I think everybody is just amazed,” says Montes. “In my 23 years this
is in the top 3 when you look at a crash and someone survives.”