Take a look at where a huge tree fell on this C4 Corvette coupe, and you’ll wonder just how the driver inside was able to escape with his life Sunday afternoon.
The tree was apparently struck by lightning during one of the strong storms that rocked Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday afternoon, sending it toppling onto the Corvette as it rolled down West Sugar Creek Road and Conner Ridge Lane about 5:30 p.m.
Elizabeth Beam, a neighbor, watched as rescue workers pulled the driver out the back of the car through the hatch.
“My mind went I hope he’s okay, I hope he’s okay,” Beam told WCNC News, calling his survival nothing short of a miracle.
“There was a gentleman that had stopped and come up to talk to him and asked if he was okay,” Beam said, “and then I heard his voice and I was very relieved.”
The driver was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where his condition is unknown today.
The accident revealed the strength of the Corvette’s doors, which were able to hold up the tree so that the driver apparently was able to lower his body in the seat enough to keep from being crushed.
“It’s amazing that I actually saw them pull the driver out and he actually had movement, because the tree is on the driver’s seat — and it’s amazing,” Kim Beall told WBTV.
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