It seemed like a miracle for Kaleb Whitby when he found himself crushed between two semi trucks and still breathing. But not only did he survive, he was was able to walk away from the tragic accident unscathed.
He was in the center of the crash that injured at least eleven others
Kaleb Whitby miraculously survives with no serious injuries after his pickup truck was sandwiched between two…
While on Interstate 84 east of Baker City, Oregon, Whitby was diving his usual morning commute from Washington to Idaho at around 5 a.m. when he found himself in dense fog. It was a chilly January morning and all Whitby could suddenly see were the brake lights of the vehicles ahead. But Whitby was on black ice and had already lost control of his Chevy Silverado.
After one semi truck jackknifed right in front of him, Whitby found himself in an unavoidable collision course. He slammed into the trailer and disabled his vehicle. Once he was rammed into the first truck he looked back and saw big car lights coming towards him at a scary speed.
“I just held my wheel as tight as I could and tucked my head, and kept praying,” Whitby said. When a second truck smashed into him, Whitby just prayed for it to be over as soon as possible.
His Chevy Silverado ended up being completely obliterated in between the two trucks which almost paralleled each other, trailer to trailer, with a very narrow “V” opening.
“If they were to push me more than a foot, it probably would have crushed me,” Whitby said.
Fortunately, as if by some miracle, the only part of Whitby’s car that survived the crash was the driver’s seat.
“I was just praying, this can’t be my time and just hoping that everything would be ok,” said Whitby.
The only injury he endured was a small scratch above the eye. For the time being, Whitby was trapped in his car until the emergency personnel arrived. The entire pileup of 24 vehicles sent about a dozen others to the hospital.
It was as if a miracle occurred, but it wasn’t over for Whitby…
Reportedly, Whitby asked one of the emergency responders to photograph him with his cell phone before he was rescued, leading to the photo seen above. Sergi Karplyuk, the responder, later shared the photo on Facebook which quickly circulated the inter webs because of the clear once-in-a-lifetime scenario that resulted from the crash.
After Whitby was eventually released from between the vehicles, he still had to be taken to the hospital as a precaution, but was said to be quickly released from there too without any injuries.
When asked about his miraculous survival, he responded with the simple, “Thank God I’m alive. Now I’ve got to see why,” according to InspireMore.
Oregon State Police reportedly estimated that possibly 100 people could have been involved in the accident that cold morning in one way or another. Despite this, it appears that there were no fatalities.
Looking back, the crash still has an effect on Whitby. “Things are fragile,” he said.
“I don’t think I’m particularly excited about going that way again,” he said about his commute from Washington, which he will now try to avoid, according to The Oregonian.