US Jesus took the wheel as massive pipe crushed van

09:55  17 july  2017
09:55  17 july  2017 Source:   USA TODAY SPORTS

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Jesus Armando Escobar, 36, is lucky to be alive after surviving a serious crash. Jesus took the wheel : Huge pipe crushes van on SR 528, driver named Jesus survives https A large metal pipe flew off Wharton’s truck, tumbled off the overpass and landed squarely on the roof of Escobar’s van .

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A pipe fell on top of a van traveling onto State Road 528 in Orlando. © FHP A pipe fell on top of a van traveling onto State Road 528 in Orlando.

MELBOURNE, Fla. — It was a real-life case of Jesus taking the wheel.

A truck carrying scrap metal tried to exit State Road 528 on its way to westbound Interstate 4 in Orlando but lost control, struck a guardrail and overturned Saturday.

The wreck sent a huge pipe over the side of the exit ramp and onto a 2003 Pontiac minivan traveling below, crushing its roof and practically flattening the vehicle on the driver's side.

But everything turned out OK. Jesus was at the wheel — literally.

The van's driver, Jesus Armando Escobar of Orlando, survived the crash with only minor injuries. He was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

The driver of the truck Antonio Santiago Wharton, sustained only minor injuries as well, but was ticketed for careless driving. 

Florida Highway Patrol troopers described the scene as "amazing." 

The ramp onto westbound I-4 from State Road 528 was closed for several hours as crews removed the scrap metal from the roadway. 

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