Georgia man Sam Lenaeus was leaving Atlanta on his way to western Georgia around 9 a.m. on his way to a funeral. However, this journey almost ended with his own death when a massive tree toppled over, bringing down live power lines on top of his car, which even had caught on fire. Although it appeared he was going to have his own funeral, Leneaus miraculously escaped soon before his Mercedes exploded.
Just as he told the media, everything started when a tree suddenly fell in front of his vehicle with live power lines. He assured he was basically trapped, not knowing what to do in a frightening situation where the power lines were literally on all sides of the car, which started to burst into flames.
While he was figuring out what to do, the fire grew, which made him think for a critical decision as soon as possible, given the fact this was a scenario where his life could have easily ended up in the most horrible way. Lenaeus said that at one point he thought he’d rather electrocute than burn, so if it started burning he would have gone and tried to get out.
Fortunately, a bystander suddenly walked to the area and got close to the Mercedes in order to tell Leneaus he could safely escape. At this moment, the man was able to get out of his car when a nearby transformer suddenly exploded and cleared one of the live wires out of the way. It was like a scene from a movie.
Lenaeus explained it whipped through the side mirror and severed the mirror of the vehicle, which left him with a clear side he could easily open up and get out. Soon after the man avoided a horrible death, the car ended up entirely engulfed in flames.
In case he wasn’t able to escape it would have been something extremely painful and slow, given the fact that he explained that firefighters had to wait a while for the powers to be shut off before going close the burning Mercedes. Lenaeus told he believes he wouldn’t have made it out alive if he didn’t make a run for it at the moment he did.
Lenaeus assured that the lesson he learned out of all this horrible situation was that you need to keep going no matter what happens. In addition, he told that when you’re involved in a similar situation the key is to be smart and think what’s happening around, so you could take advantage of anything and save your life.
At one moment, the man said when he was watching his car burn he received a call from a client who never knew what was going on. He told that when he was driving to the funeral in Carrollton he couldn’t help but think how close he was to come to his own funeral, and how lucky he was to be alive.
According to several news outlets, traffic deaths are one of the most delicate issues for Americans, to the point where it has grown for a second year straight. The latest batch of bad news regarding this issue arrived in February in traffic fatality estimates revealed by the nonprofit organization National Safety Council, which works closely with federal auto-safety regulators.
According to its estimates, almost 40,500 people died in accidents involving motor vehicles last year, which represents a 6 percent rise from 2015. This represents the first time since 2007 that more than 40,000 people have died in motor vehicle accidents in a single year.
Apparently, the 2016 total comes after a 7 percent rise a year before and means the two-year growth -14 percent- is basically the largest in more than half a century.
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Part of this concerning increase is believed to stem from the economic situation, which has led many people to drive more miles for both work and pleasure. However, safety advocates say that explains only a little portion of the trend, considering the number of deaths as a percentage of miles driven is also increasing.
In addition, they point to data suggesting an increase in distracted driving. While vehicles and phones now offer advanced voice controls and many other features intended to keep drivers’ eyes on the road, there are apps, like Google Maps, Snapchat, or even Facebook that have created new temptations that passengers and drivers find very hard to resist.