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Driver Of Vehicle That Went Airborne Shares Story

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It was a close call for two Iowa state troopers last Friday, when a semi rear-ended a truck, causing it to go airborne, hitting a squad car, and then landing in a ditch. The driver of that car is 45-year-old Dana Miller of Eldridge, Iowa.
"Yeah, now you know what a miracle feels like," he said. "I heard a crunch, and suddenly I was flying through the air."

He was buckled into a company vehicle, heading toward Pella, Iowa, to work on a crane.

"It all happened so fast. I didn't know what was happening until I was in the ditch," Miller said.

Iowa State Patrol says Miller merged into the left lane on I-80, slowing down as he approached a crash on the right. That's when a semi struck, pushing him across both lanes.

"I looked to my left and saw the emergency workers running up to the vehicle, and they had these horrified looks on their faces," he said.

However, police say both Miller and the semi driver, Michael J. Smith of Arlington, Iowa, were unhurt. Miller escaped with just a cut on his forehead, and some aches and pains. He says he's happy to have survived, and surprised it happened.

"When I saw the video, it did not look like me," he said. "I thought, 'Who in the heck survived that?' I thought it was odd."

Miller says it was a learning experience. His phone was not in his pocket during the crash. It took nearly thirty minutes to find, so he could call his company in Cedar Rapids. When he did reach them, he says they immediately came to the scene.


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