A Florida man survived a harrowing drive after a large piece of scrap metal fell and crushed his van

In this photo provided by the Florida Highway Patrol, a semitrailer hauling scrap metal is shown in Orange County, Florida, on Saturday, July 15, 2017.. The highway patrol said scrap metal fell from the truck onto a van after the truck lost control and overturned on an overpass. The van driver and the semi driver had only minor injuries. (Florida Highway Patrol via AP)

- Associated Press
Wednesday, July 19th 2017, 17:52 pm EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has survived a harrowing drive after a large piece of scrap metal fell from a tractor-trailer and crushed his van.

The Florida Highway Patrol says 36-year-old Jesus Armando Escobar of Orlando suffered only minor injuries on Saturday when the metal fell from an interstate overpass and landed on top of his Pontiac van, smashing the roof.

The metal became loose when a truck lost control and struck a guardrail. The truck flipped over and caused the metal object to fly off the overpass.

The truck was driven by 33-year-old Antonio Santiago Wharton of Kissimmee. He also had minor injuries and was ticketed for careless driving.

The exit ramp where the crash occurred was closed for several hours while debris was cleared.

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