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Published: 6 March 2009      

Incredible escape for Turkish man

A 32-year-old man has survived with minor injuries after being hit by a container truck carrying two 20fts that was rammed by a container train in Turkey

CCTV footage seems to show Cem Tokac disappear under the side underrun bars of the trailer, as the rig is shunted over him by the train, and emerge relatively unscathed on the other side.

Mr Tokac has said he remembers nothing of the incident and that “life is 'beautiful.”

See the footage on http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7925009.stm

The truck, which is crossing the rail track as the train approaches, jackknifes as the train crashes into the front of the trailer. The twistlocks securing the leading container shear off and the container flies off, but the tractor stays upright.

As a result, the side impact between the tractor cab and the train is relatively minor, so the driver - on the far side of the cab from the train - escaped serious injury. It is not known whether he was treated for shock.

With thanks to David Cheslin for drawing the footage to our attention.



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