Baldwin County

"I was just hoping I'd made it through:" man describes dangerous I-65 wreck

PERDIDO, Ala. (WKRG) - Eric Carnley says a guardian angel must have been watching over him Tuesday morning.

He was driving south on I-65 in Baldwin County near mile marker 42. He says an 18-wheeler was tailgating him, so he tried to change lanes quickly. He didn't see an abandoned car on the side of the road. He veered too far over and hit the car.

Carnley's truck flipped in the air landing upside down. He was able to unbuckle himself, break the window, and shimmy out of the car.

His belongings were scattered all over the roadway. Before starting to pick them up, he ran back to his car to get his most prized possession: his family photos.

“My bible is right there on the dash and I keep these in my bible," said Carnley. "That’s the first thing I had to get.”

Carnley works offshore. He was traveling to Lafayette, Louisiana for work.

Looking at the glass all over the roadway and seeing how badly the cars were damaged, Carney said he feels extremely lucky.

“I want to go to Atmore see if I can win some money or something," Carnley said. "I need a new truck.”



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