Car crashes under tractor-trailer; driver survives, speaks out

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — A Greensboro man is lucky to be alive after his car slid on ice and underneath a tractor trailer. The crash happened Tuesday morning on I-85 near Mount Hope Church Road.

Quenstin King was driving to work, from Greensboro to Whitsett. He was about three miles away when he hit ice.

King was in the left lane and tried to merge and that’s when he saw a tractor trailer in the lane. He lost control on the icy road when he tried to get over.

“I don’t remember the impact. I just remember I was heading towards it,” King said.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers say King’s car actually went under the tractor trailer. When officials first arrived on scene they didn’t think he made it.

“Just looking at the car this could have easily been a fatal collision,” said Trooper Chris Knox.

King only spent a few hours in the hospital and had to get six staples.

“It’s really just a miracle that I am here today talking to you right now, just glad to be here in relatively one piece,” King said.

The 28-year-old learned it doesn’t matter how good of a driver you think you are — driving on icy roads isn’t worth the risk.

“As far as winter weather, I’m used to driving in winter weather normally,” he said. “Never had a problem before, but you never know.”

King is planning to take the next couple days off to take it easy.


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