Driver who survived 70-foot fall over exit ramp says he lost control of truck
Driver who miraculously survived this 70-foot plunge over slippery exit ramp in Wisconsin speaks from hospital with his broken back and leg
- Richard Lee Oliver was headed to his mother’s house near Milwaukee on Saturday when his truck hit snow on I-94 and plummeted 70 feet off exit ramp
- Oliver survived the fall but broke his back and leg, among other injuries
- Speaking to ABC’s Good Morning America, Oliver said from his hospital bed that he lost control of his vehicle after hitting the snowbank
- He said a Good Samaritan came to his aid and helped him call his mother, in case he did not survive
- Oliver is engaged to be married and has a six-month-old son
Published: 21:07, 11 February 2021 | Updated: 05:25, 12 February 2021
A driver who survived when his pickup truck plunged about 70 feet off a slippery interchange exit ramp in Wisconsin over the weekend has revealed that in the moments after the accident, he called his mother in case he did not make it.
Richard Lee Oliver, in an interview that aired Thursday on ABC’s Good Morning America, said from his hospital bed he was on his way to his mother’s house on Saturday morning when his truck hit snow on the shoulder of I-94 at the Zoo Interchange near Milwaukee.
‘There was just too much snow on the side of the road that once the tires got into like two foot of snow there’s no controlling a vehicle of any kind,’ said Oliver, who was being treated for a broken back and a broken leg, among other injuries.
Lucky to be alive: Richard Lee Oliver is pictured in his hospital bed with his fiancee by his side, after surviving a terrifying 70-foot fall from an interchange exit ramp
Wisconsin Department of Transportation camera captured the the moment Oliver’s pickup truck slipped on a snowbank, causing him to lose control (circled in red)
Oliver’s truck is seen plummeting 70 feet off of an elevated highway in Milwaukee
The truck landed upright on the right shoulder of the westbound lanes without hurting anyone
A Wisconsin Department of Transportation camera captured the terrifying crash in which the red pickup can be seen flipping over the a barrier wall and plummeting to the interstate below as cars pass by.
The truck with its occupant landed upright on the right shoulder of the westbound lanes of Interstate 94 without hitting anyone else.
Deputies with the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office said the driver was still conscious and breathing after the crash.
The sheriff’s office said the driver did not appear to show any signs of being impaired.
Oliver, the father of a six-month-old son, said he is grateful to the two bystanders who came to his aid, including a man who helped him make a phone call.
Two bystanders came to Oliver’s aid after he suffered a broken back and a broken leg.
Pictured: Oliver’s mangled truck is seen after the crash
Candice Haid, Oliver’s fiancee, said she is thankful he is alive.
The couple have a six-month-old son together
Oliver, pictured with Haid and their baby, is expected to recover but for now cannot walk or case for himself
Oliver remained hospitalized nearly a week after his dramstic brush with death
‘He helped me in the bed of my truck and helped me call my mom just in case I wasn’t going to make it,’ he said through tears.
Oliver’s fiancee, Candice Haid, told Good Morning America she is happy he has survived and no one else was hurt.
Haid has launched a GoFundMe campaign, writing in the description that Oliver cannot walk or care for himself, and that he will require a special wheelchair and a wheelchair-accessible home.