First responders talk about miraculous rescue on I-40

First responders talk about miraculous rescue on I-40 in West Knox County

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A lot of people are still talking about the miracle on Interstate 40 Thursday morning. A Toyota Camry was demolished by a semi, but the driver was somehow unhurt. A lot of people are still talking about the miracle on Interstate 40 Thursday morning. A Toyota Camry was demolished by a semi, but the driver was somehow unhurt.
"The gentleman just had a small little area that pretty much saved him. The whole passenger side was caved in," said first responder Justin Birchfiel. "The gentleman just had a small little area that pretty much saved him. The whole passenger side was caved in," said first responder Justin Birchfiel.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A lot of people are still talking about the miracle on Interstate 40 Thursday morning. A Toyota Camry was demolished by a semi, but the driver was somehow unhurt. It happened in the eastbound lanes near Campbell Station Road.

Mike Pinkerton, 52, a construction worker from Harriman, was treated and released from UT Medical Center just a few hours later.

The truck driver told officials he had the window down when something flew in and distracted him. THP cited him for failure to exercise due care.

When crews first arrived on the scene, the condition of the car made them think this would be a body recovery mission and not a rescue. They were shocked when they heard the driver talking.

"The gentleman just had a small little area that pretty much saved him. The whole passenger side was caved in," said Justin Birchfiel.

He has been with the Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad for nearly two years, and has never seen anyone walk away from a wreck this bad. The entire rescue took less than 15 minutes.

"This gentleman was a very, very lucky man," Birchfiel said. "The Lord was definitely on his side, that's for sure."

The rescue squad is all volunteer, and charges nothing for their services. They rely on donations and are always looking for volunteers.

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