A woman from Washington survived a collision with two semi-trucks that caused her vehicle to fold over itself.
Washington State Patrol Trooper Rocky Oliphant shared on Twitter this week that “there really is not a word to describe this collision,” tweeting photos of a semi-truck on top of a broken red Nissan Altima.
Oliphant confirmed to USA TODAY that when traffic slowed in Mount Vernon, Washington, the woman driving the Nissan was behind a semi-truck and in front of another. The first truck slowed down on the Skagit River Bridge, as did the woman in the car.
But the rear semi-truck “follows too close” and could not brake until it hit her car, Oliphant said.
“The momentum of the semi-engine continued forward, basically causing the Nissan Altima’s rear corner of the car to fold on top of itself,” he said. “Then the semi-truck continued forward on top of the car.”
“The rubber seal for the trunk actually rested on the driver’s headrest, so that was how close the metal came as it folded to her head,” he added.
A patrol soldier in Washington state approached the wrecked vehicle after the collision and heard the driver call for help, Oliphant said. After a tow truck lifted the front of the semi-truck, the Altima driver was able to get out of the car through an opening on the passenger side of the car.
The woman was taken to a hospital with pain in her ribs and head and a laceration to her face, but she did not sustain any serious injuries, he said.
“Not only to survive, but to be able to walk out of the car is just unreal, beyond words to describe that anyone could walk away from it,” Oliphant said.
The image quickly spread on social media with journalists and others shocked by the crash.
The driver of the rear semi-truck was quoted by officials as following other vehicles too closely.