Driver of vehicle crushed by semi saved by sturdy headrest

Man Saved by Unlikely Car Part When Semi Crushes Vehicle

OKLAHOMA CITY – A metro man narrowly escaped death thanks in part to one very sturdy headrest.

Kelly White spent his Thursday at the office, catching up on work that was put on pause Wednesday morning.

"I was heading to go look at a property," said White. "I looked over to my right and saw a truck coming ... he was carrying so much speed, there was no way he was going to make the turn."

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Driver of vehicle crushed by semi saved by sturdy headrest

Kelly braced for impact, as he and his car were slammed into a concrete bridge on I-235 near the 36th Street exit. He didn't even have time to catch his breath before the nightmare continued.

"I could look up and see the trailer falling over," said White. "I was trying to react by squishing down in my seat as much as I could do, but I could still feel the headliner coming down on my head."

Then as quickly as it began, it was over. Kelly's next move was to find an escape route.

Remarkably, his rear passenger window was still functional.

"Figured out a way to wiggle into the backseat," said White. "Was able to get my feet out of the hole, and a couple guys pulled me out."

Once out of the car, he found this was a case of 'headrest rescue.'

"The top of the headrest stopped the roof from coming down any farther," said White. "I'm just grateful that I walked away from it."

The car, the semi (and the semi's driver) all left with battle scars. Now Kelly is counting his lucky stars.

"Everybody said, you need to realize how lucky you are," said White. "I do ... the good Lord has been really good to me."

Both Kelly and the driver of the semi were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, and were later cleared.

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