A woman is lucky to be alive after a Tuesday morning crash in Mt. Vernon, Washington where a semi hit the woman’s 2015 Nissan Altima folded the rear tires onto the roof of the car. Washington state trooper Rocky Oliphant tweeted out horrific photos from the scene and noted that the 46-year-old woman suffered minor injuries and walked away from the scene on the southbound side of I-5 on the Skagit River bridge.
“Once the front end of the [truck] was lifted off of the car, she was able to extricate herself,” Oliphant told Jalopnik.com. “[She] crawled out of the car and walked from the scene. Complained of some rib pain and some minor head pain initially.”
There’s really not a word to describe this collision. Miraculously believed to be minor injuries. The car was struck from behind, folded the car in half, and semi came to rest on top of the car. In my 14 year career, I have never seen anything like it. https://t.co/iUsSNIhHYV pic.twitter.com/EPGI70s3Um
— Trooper Rocky Oliphant (@wspd7pio) November 16, 2021
According to the trooper, the momentum of the semi folded up the Altima and “created a little bit of like a ramp for the truck to just move on top of the car, and it continued forward until it was basically resting on top of that car.”
The semi-driver was cited for following too closely and the woman was taken to a hospital to be checked out. She’ll be getting a new car and one would have to figure she’ll get another Altima after its performance against the weight of a big rig.
This picture shows the back end of the car folded on top of itself. pic.twitter.com/rT5D3bo6bN
— Trooper Rocky Oliphant (@wspd7pio) November 17, 2021