Sunday, September 04, 2011
One night in March 2007 a Roanoke, Virginia, mechanic named Dean Blevins woke up underneath a car . . . on his bed. Wesley Dewayne Smith had lost control of his Jeep and crashed through the wall of Blevins’s two-story apartment building. While hot antifreeze dripped onto Blevins’s face, firefighters worked for more than an hour to free him. When they did, everyone realized just how lucky Blevins was: The Jeep’s windshield had gotten snagged in the ceiling, pinning Blevins but not crushing him. He attributes his survival to the sturdy construction of the apartment building, which—he bragged to reporters—he helped build in the 1980s. He suffered only a few nicks and bruises.