Orlando man OK after van is crushed in I-4 crash

A motorist was almost killed when a large metal pipe crushed his van on a Florida highway.

A truck carrying the scrap was traveling westbound from the State Road 528 exit ramp onto Interstate 4 in Orange County Saturday morning when its driver lost control. A 7,000 pound piece of metal pipe fell from the highway overpass, and landed on the van.

The truck hit the guardrail and overturned, the Florida Highway Patrol says.

He miraculously suffered only minor injuries.

The pipe caused heavy damage to the van, smashing the windshield, roof, driver’s door, and passenger door behind the driver.

Jesus Armando Escobar, 36, of Orlando, managed to escape with minor injuries.

Escobar’s wife, Aricelli, told ABC News her husband feels blessed to be alive.

Above him on the overpass, Antonio Santiago Wharton, 33, of Kissimmee, was driving a Mack truck loaded down with scrap metal.

The truck driver was charged with careless driving, according to the FHP release.