Former ESPN Sportscaster Cordell Patrick miraculously survived a terrifying accident that saw him thrown out of a moving RV on a busy California highway.
Cordell Patrick and his wife were on their way home to Valencia on Monday when the incident occurred. Patrick had just unbuckled his seat belt to use the bathroom when he noticed that his wife, who was driving, had dozed off.
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Dramatic dashcam footage shows the moment Patrick was ejected onto the freeway after his RV, driven by his wife, collided with a divider.
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“I had just unbuckled my seat belt – it was unbuckled for five seconds,” Patrick told KTLA. “I noticed my wife had dozed off, so instead of going straight, we headed toward the median and I tried to grab the steering wheel, but before I could grab the steering wheel, we already had an impact.”
Patrick described how the impact launched him through the driver’s side window and sent him sliding and bouncing 175 feet down the freeway into oncoming traffic.
Dashboard camera footage of the incident, obtained by the local outlets, showed Patrick rolling multiple times on the southbound side of the roadway after he was thrown from the driver’s side window of his RV.
“All I’m thinking about is that I’m going to get hit by a car,” Patrick told the outlet. “I’m on one of the busiest freeways in LA County, so what was going through my mind was, ‘I’ll be dead shortly. I just dragged myself, and then I leaned up my back against the median until help could come, and help came pretty quick.”
According to the New York Post, a motorist identified as Alf Smithey pulled over to assist Patrick.
“I noticed the guy is lying in the road still,” Smithey said. “I was just trying to keep cars away from him. He was all the way there. That was the shocking part. I asked him his name, I asked him all kinds of stuff, and he was all the way there. He knew he had broken his arm. He knew he broke his leg. His biggest concern was, ‘How was my wife?’ I was like, ‘You’re the one who flew out of the vehicle.’ He was more concerned about her.”
According to the news outlet, Patrick suffered broken bones, a dislocated shoulder, a road rash covering 60 percent of his body, and lacerations on his head that required 17 stitches.
He is expected to make a full recovery from the incident. His wife and dog were also unharmed.
“It was divine intervention,” Patrick told the news outlet. “If you didn’t think there was a higher power before this, I’m a living witness, and I’ve got a living testimony to tell.”