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Corvette Z06 Owner Survives Horrific Crash on the 405 in California

by Mitch Talley on March 7, 2013

Corvette Z06 Owner Survives Horrific Crash on the 405 in California
Photo Credit: Los Angeles Fire Department

The Corvette Z06 may not look like much to you after this accident in California, but to the lucky driver who survived this horrific crash, it looks mighty beautiful, no doubt.

On Monday, he was driving his C6 Corvette on the southbound 405 Freeway in Sepulveda Pass when he somehow rammed into the back of a box truck and was stuck.

These photos show emergency personnel extracting the man from beneath the truck. He told officials that he ducked at the last minute, a move that likely saved his life. In one photo, he’s shown sitting upright and his head is just about in line with the bottom of the truck.

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Corvette Z06 Owner Survives Horrific Crash on the 405 in California Corvette Z06 Owner Survives Horrific Crash on the 405 in California Corvette Z06 Owner Survives Horrific Crash on the 405 in California
Corvette Z06 Owner Survives Horrific Crash on the 405 in California    

The accident happened shortly after 11 o’clock Monday night near Getty Center Drive in the Sepulveda Pass, which is a mountain pass through the Santa Monica Mountains in Los Angeles that connects the Los Angeles Basin to the San Fernando Valley via the San Diego Freeway (I-405).

According to the UK Daily Mail, Retired LA firefighter Rick McClure, 60, was among the first to arrive at the scene and he is quoted as saying “He was very lucky to say the least. In the past drivers have been decapitated after crashing underneath trucks so a law was introduced so they had barriers to prevent this.” McClure adds “It happened at about 11:10 pm so the freeway was fairly open. It was an uphill stretch of the road and the truck was going slowly up the steep grade. The Corvette must have been overtaking a few other cars and then all of a sudden he saw the slowing truck and went up the back of it. I was first at the scene and it was unbelievable to see the guy in the Corvette talking. He had some minor injuries but was in good spirits considering what had happened.”

Fortunately, the man, who was conscious during the entire ordeal, was carried to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The same can’t be same for this beautiful black Z06, which was basically destroyed from the windshield forward. That’s one tough way to transform a Z06 into a convertible.

The cause of the accident is unknown, but the investigation continues.


Thanks for the tip, Todd!


Source:
KABC.com
Photo Credit: LAFD on Flickr

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