KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The driver rescuers say is lucky to be alive is talking to 6 News.
A semi-truck demolished a Toyota Camry on I-40 Thursday morning, crushing it against the median wall. But, amazingly, the Camry's driver walked away uninjured.
Mike Pinkerton, 52, can't believe he's here today.
"You'd see it in an action movie," said Pinkerton. "The truck is coming over, wasn't nothing I could do except just watch it.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol says the truck driver was distracted by something that flew into his window.
Pinkerton described what happened next. "I hit the brakes, hit the horn, and the truck was steadily coming. It just happened all at once."
With less than two feet of space, rescue crews worked to pull Pinkerton out of the wreckage.
"They had to cut the top and fold it back," said Pinkerton.
He was conscious and talking. Although he's a bit bruised, he was uninjured.
"Didn't get a scratch out of it," Pinkerton said. "I'm assuming the good lord was with me."
Pinkerton says he wants to thank all the rescue workers and troopers who helped get him out.
The truck driver was also uninjured.
THP cited him for failure to exercise due care, which essentially means distracted driving.
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