It was like a scene out of a movie. A man driving on Route 31 had his car crushed by a tanker truck.
He walked away without a scratch.
Ernest Tkac made a left-hand turn on Route 31 (Pennington Road) near Crest Avenue in Hopewell Township, N.J. Tuesday afternoon.
His little car came to a screeching halt right under the mid-section of the tanker, which was carrying municipal waste, police told The Trentonian.
Here's Ernie's version of what happened:
“The belly of the truck was actually tall enough in the middle for the Hyundai Elantra to get under it. But the back wheels of the truck began wedging the car, and denting it, dragging it under there for perhaps 30 feet,” according to the officer.
Witnesses were amazed when Tkac, a retired engineering drafting salesman who lives in Bucks County, Pa., stepped out of his car with a big smile on his face.
“Sometimes we get lucky,” said township Police Chief George Meyer.
The officer drove the Hyundai car right out from under the truck. The tanker went on it's merry way and the officer drove Tkac over to the local Hyundai dealership, where Ernie decided he'd just go ahead and get a new car.
"Good car,” Ernie said. “One of the best cars in the world.”
Tkac did get a traffic ticket for failing to stay to the right.