Tuesday, 27. January 2015
24. 07. 14. - 15:00
Firemen who turned up at the scene of this horrific crash were convinced that the car occupants would have been crushed to death – and were stunned to find that after lifting off a shipping container that had fallen on the car both could be pulled out alive.
The accident happened on a road in the city of Qingdao in east China’s Shandong province when a truck carrying the container toppled over, and its load fell onto the car containing a couple.
Fire brigade spokesman Chi Tang said: "We had a call about the accident to say that a lorry had fallen onto a car. We didn't expect anybody to be alive but then we heard a woman's voice and realised that actually somebody had survived. We had to bring in a 100 tonne crane to make sure we lifted the container off carefully and we found the car had been crushed so badly that was only 60 centimetres of space left inside.
"It was an incredible scene when we pulled the woman out and found that she was almost unhurt apart from cuts and bruises. The man was with her was also alive although his condition was more serious. He had to be cut free although it was possible to get the woman out more easily."
The couple were both hospitalised, where the woman was treated for shock and the man for more serious injuries although he is expected to make a full recovery. The truck driver was also hospitalised.
He said that he had been trying to avoid a third vehicle and had swerved to tightly, tipping his truck over and throwing the container onto the unfortunate car as it tried to overtake him.
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