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Man Survives After Crane Falls Off Tractor-Trailer And Onto His Car

APOLLO (KDKA) - Police were called to the scene of a dangerous crash in Apollo Monday morning.

According to police, the accident happened on Route 56 around 6:30 a.m.

A tractor-trailer was carrying a crane. When the truck went around a bend, the crane fell off and landed on a car.

"The whole dash was sitting in my lap," said Dustin Best.

Best said he was on his way to work at the Rosebud Mine, when he saw the crane start to tip. When he realized he had nowhere to go, he closed his eyes.

When he reopened his eyes, the crane was on his car and his legs were stuck under the dash.

"He (bystander) asked if I was OK," Best said. "I said let's just worry about getting me out."

Fortunately, he was able to get out safely and was taken to Forbes Regional Hospital.

It doesn't appear anyone was seriously hurt in the crash.

The father of three says he's just happy he's alive to hug his wife and kids -- and he's not sure he'll use Rt. 56 to get to work.

"Maybe try that back way they keep telling me about," he said.

Apollo police say it looks like everything on the trailer is OK, the only problem being a flat tire.

No charges have been filed.

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