A Chinese motorist survived after not only getting crushed by the metalwork of his car, but also getting his feet trapped in quick-drying liquid concrete. The accident happened in Yangzhou city in east China’s Jiangsu province when a cement mixer was driving down a road behind a minibus.
Police spokesman Chi Tao said: "A schoolboy apparently decided to cross the road, running across in front of a minibus that he hadn't seen, which was then forced to slam on its brakes.
Unfortunately, the cement mixer with a full load was behind the minibus and although the driver slammed on his brakes it was clear he was not going to stop in time.
"In order to avoid hitting into the back of the minibus, the cement mixer driver swerved out on to the other side of the road and the cement mixer tipped over. It crushed a car and although the driver survived the initial collision, liquid concrete poured in through the smashed windscreen and filled up the car, starting to solidify around the trapped man's legs."
Firefighters said they realised they needed to act quickly because if the concrete solidified the man, 48-year-old Lian Huang, could have died. According to medics limbs that are sealed in concrete quickly swell up causing circulation problems and even death. In addition the heat from the man's legs was causing the concrete to dry out even more quickly.
As a result the man's pain increased to the point where he was in agony by the time he was finally freed and rushed to hospital where he was treated for circulation problems and several fractures.