Close call: Boulder smashes truck

NC_bouldercrash1223_700x394Calif. — (KCRA) A rock slide along California’s Highway 50 caused a massive boulder to land on the front end of a pickup truck, nearly killing the driver as he headed to Lake Tahoe Monday.

The Toyota Tacoma’s driver, who asked to be identified as Mike, didn’t see the cliff breaking apart as he drove eastbound on the highway near Wrights Lake Road around 4:30 p.m. Monday.

“It was kind of strange for a minute and I kind of was like, ‘what the hell is going on here,’ and then the rock hits me,” Mike said.

The boulder, at least five feet high and seven feet long, just missed Mike and his dog Shasta, clipping the front of Mike’s feet.

Mike’s toe was broken by the boulder. He said he is still dealing with the shock.

“It’s keeping me centered, definitely appreciate what I got going for me,” Mike said. “Keeping everything in perspective.”

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