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Falling scrap metal crushes van on I-4, driver miraculously survives

ORLANDO — A Florida man has survived a harrowing drive after a large piece of scrap metal fell from a tractor-trailer and crushed his van on Interstate 4.

The Florida Highway Patrol says 36-year-old Jesus Armando Escobar of Orlando suffered only minor injuries on Saturday when the metal fell from the Beachline ramp that is the overpass at I-4 near the Orange County Convention Center, and landed on top of his Pontiac van, smashing the roof.

The metal became loose when a truck lost control and struck a guardrail. The truck flipped over and caused the metal object to fly off the overpass.

The truck was driven by 33-year-old Antonio Santiago Wharton of Kissimmee. He also had minor injuries and was ticketed for careless driving.

The exit ramp where the crash occurred was closed for several hours while debris was cleared.

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