Dump truck driver survives crash into Alafia River - FOX 13 News

Dump truck driver survives crash into Alafia River

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GIBSONTON (FOX 13) -

Miguel Del Toro walks a little slower than when his day started. Considering what happened to him, he is pretty blessed.

"He thought he was going to die because he was trying to escape, but he couldn't, and the water was rising," his wife said.

Del Toro's wife Miqueili translated her husband's thoughts.

"When he fell, all that came and he got stuck and compressed," she said.

Del Toro is a truck driver. As he was hauling a load of dirt from Gibsonton to Tampa, his tire blew.

"He tried to hold the wheel and control it. The wheel got hard. He tried to move it, but it wouldn't," he said.

He swerved across the north lanes on U.S. 41 and landed in the Alafia River.

"The truck just took a twist and he was just landed on the side," he said.

He was pinned between his seat and steering wheel.

"The water was rising up almost to his chest. He couldn't see," he said.

Del Toro wasn't even sure help was on the way, but he heard a voice telling him everything would be okay.

"I was speaking to him telling him to keep calm telling him that help was already on the way," said Evelia Rojas.

Rojas' words eased his fears. A few minutes later rescuers showed up and began cutting away the cab and releasing him.

"He was just trying to push but he couldn't even move to the sides or anything," his wife said.

Del Toro and his wife are both counting their blessings. He has a few cuts and bruises and is in some pain, but they know it could have been worse.

"It was very sad. He was just trapped, compressed everything, the front of the car," he said.

They are now sending a big thanks to his new guardian angel, Evelia Rojas.

"She asked him if he was okay like she was talking to him so he wouldn't feel more lonely or wary. He wants to thank her," his wife said.

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