Auto crushed after metal flies off of overpass


As he negotiated the curve, he lost control of the truck, hit the guardrail and overturned the vehicle, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

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A trucker carrying scrap metal lost control, sending pieces of debris flying on to the road below.

The scrap metal smashed in the roof of the auto on the driver's side, authorities said.

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Amazingly, the van's driver suffered only minor injuries. The truck flipped over and caused the metal object to fly off the overpass.

The driver of the van, 36-year-old Jesus Armando Escobar, a father of three, went to a hospital with minor injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol said Escobar would have been killed if the metal had landed a foot in either direction.

Wharton was ticketed for careless driving, troopers say.