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Netlore Archive: Emailed pictures show the denouement of a pickup truck accident in which the truck apparently crashed through a barricade, struck a culvert, flipped end over end, and landed upright mere inches from the edge of a deep ravine.

Description: Viral images
Circulating since: Jan. 2007
Status: Authentic (see details below)


Example:
Email contributed by Ben P., April 7, 2007:

Fwd: HERE IS AN AWESOME PIC OF A VERY LUCKY PERSON

Lose Some - Win Some

Some folks are born lucky. "Mr. Lucky" below, is clearly one of them.



Miraculous pickup truck accident on Route 95 outside Hurricane, Utah
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It appears that this guy might have gone airborne after hitting that guardrail to the Right, ultimately, flying over the culvert somehow and landing upright facing from Whence he came from - backwards... No further details were available at the time.



Pickup truck crashed through guardrail, flip end over end, and landed on other side of culvert
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A closer view of where the truck landed after smashing into the guardrail to the right And then catapulting into the air and landing upright. Now take a moment to realize Just how very, very, very, very lucky..."Mr. Lucky" truly was in where and how he landed!


Please scroll down for the final picture.

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It appears that this guy might have gone airborne after hitting that guardrail to the Right, ultimately, flying over the culvert somehow and landing upright facing from Whence he came from - backwards... No further details were available at the time.
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(Image credit: Unattributed, circulating via email)


Analysis: True. Notwithstanding some initial skepticism about these images when they first began circulating in January 2007, they are authentic, unretouched photographs of a real accident that occurred on State Route 59 near the city of Hurricane, Utah on December 30, 2006. According to a CNN report, Hurricane police chief Lynn Excell has confirmed the entire sequence of events.

The vehicle, a 1991 GMC pickup, was going an estimated 83 miles per hour when the driver lost control, skidded 92 feet onto the right shoulder, swerved across both lanes of the highway onto the opposite shoulder, then crashed through a barricade, striking the culvert below with such force that the truck sailed through the air, flipping end over end, landing upright on a narrow, unpaved right-of-way 20 feet away, approximately one foot from the edge of the deep ravine shown in photo #3. There were no critical injuries.

A police spokesperson described the incident and its miraculous outcome as "amazing."


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Sources and further reading:

Amazing Truck Crash Photos Spark Web Debate
CNN, 6 September 2007


Last updated: 09/17/07


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