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Car Roof Rips Off After Being Pulled Under Semi, Driver Escapes Uninjured

By Paula Liu

A driver in California managed to walk away uninjured after the roof of his car was torn off when it went slid under a semi-truck on June 9.

The driver was heading south on a freeway in Sacramento when his car made contact with a semi-truck—pulling his vehicle underneath and out the other side, ripping off its roof in the process, the Sacramento Fire Department said in a Twitter post.

“A big [thumbs up] from this citizen who survived the roof being torn of [sic] their vehicle after making contact with a Semi-truck trailer & the vehicle pulled underneath and out the other side. SFD was glad there were no injuries. We advised this lucky driver to go buy some lottery tickets,” the fire department said in the tweet, along with a photo of the lucky driver flashing a thumbs up and a smile beside his damaged vehicle.

It remains unclear how the two vehicles made contact, KCRA reported.

Northern California Teen Dies in Car Crash

Another young man wasn’t so lucky when he was hit by a drunk driver in Northern California. Armando Canales, 17, was killed in a car crash on May 11 when a woman driving under the influence smashed into the vehicle he was riding in.

Armando Canales and four other friends were driving on a freeway in Santa Clara County when 28-year-old Ashley Marie Oliver, who was driving in the opposite lane, crashed into the teenagers’ car, according to East Bay Times.

Some of the passengers in the vehicle were not wearing seat belts. Both cars involved in the crash sustained heavy damage on both southbound and northbound lanes of the highway, Fox’s KTVU reported.

Canales was the only one who received life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash, according to a statement by CHP Officer Ross Lee.

Armando Canales, 17, was killed when a drunk driver slammed into a car he was riding in Santa Clara County, California, on May 11. (GoFundMe)

Oliver was sent to the hospital for treatment and was then booked into Santa Clara County jail on a $275,000 bail. She was arrested on suspicion of felony, drunken driving, and vehicular manslaughter, reported East Bay Times.

Oliver faces DUI and vehicle manslaughter charges, according to Mercury News.

Despite being hit with the tragedy, Canales’s mother said she used this accident as a way to teach her son’s friends about responsibility, especially when it came to alcohol, East Bay Times reported. The grieving mother told them to make smart decisions and to never drink and drive.

The Epoch Times writer Jack Phillips contributed to this article.