Miracle survival: Man pinned underneath a truck for 48 hours

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(KSL) An Idaho man says he’s lucky to be alive after surviving two days pinned underneath his truck.

21-year-old Joe Rightmire was traveling on a dirt road in a remote area of Bonneville County last Saturday when he quickly swerved to miss another vehicle.

That caused his three-quarter ton truck to flip and roll down a ravine. The truck landed on its side in a small, narrow creek bed and Rightmire was partially ejected and pinned to the ground by the truck.

For two days, Rightmire stayed in that tight, confined position. He remembers having delusional thoughts and carrying on conversations in his mind with his sister and other people.

Last Monday, a friend who was out looking for Rightmire spotted the overturned truck.

Rescue crews responded, and successfully removed him from the truck two hours later. Rightmire was flown to a nearby hospital for a broken collarbone, serious bruising, a hurt ankle and other injuries.

He’s started walking again and is expected to be released from the hospital soon. 

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