Devine man amazingly survives crash; truck is ripped in half on impact

Crashes like these make us all take a moment to stop and think, and make us all a little extra careful the next time we get behind the wheel. The driver of this truck, 24-year old Michael Hernandez of Devine, amazingly survived this accident on I-35 this past Saturday, December 1 around 2 am.
The accident happened near Lytle. According to Lytle Police Chief Richie Priest, this 2002 Chevy Avalanche Pickup truck struck an 18-wheeler that was parked on the side of the I-35 overpass.
“The 18 wheeler was disabled and parked on the side of the I-35 overpass that goes over FM 3175 near Community National Bank,” Priest said. “The driver was actually up walking around when Officer Lopez arrived on scene. It was pretty amazing. This is a great example of why we all need to buckle up. Seat belts save lives.”
As you can see from these chilling images, the roof and passenger side of this vehicle were almost completely ripped off from the impact of the collision.
The driver of the pickup truck was transported by ambulance to be checked out, though by some miracle, he only suffered minor injuries according to a family member.
“We are so lucky and blessed he’s still here with us,” said Aunt Amy Hernandez. “This is one of those moments where you really stop and reflect.”