Crash witness 'shocked' driver survived after car smashes into bridge pillar

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Monday, March 11, 2019

(Source: KHP)

Debris remains on the scene where a driver lost control Sunday afternoon and crashed into a pillar, practically cutting the car in half.

A witness tells Eyewitness News they're surprised the driver survived the crash. That driver lost control while attempting to ext onto eastbound Kellogg from southbound I-135, the Kansas Highway Patrol says.

The aftermath showed a smashed heap of metal, no longer in one piece.

"It was amazing to see someone be alive after that," witness Juventino Foritz says.

Foritz pulled up seconds after Sunday afternoon's horrific crash. He arrived before emergency crews. With other witnesses, he rushed over to see if they could help the man inside the wrecked car.

"We rush him out and drag him over here because the car was going to catch on fire," Foritz says.

Foritz says witnesses were amazed to see the driver, 51-year-old Timothy McKown opening his eyes and moving around.

Foritz says his next worry was to make sure there weren't any passengers in the car. Officials say McKown was alone.

Sunday's crash showed how violent a crash can be, Foritz has seen crashes before, he says, but nothing like what he witnessed Sunday.

"I told him, 'I hope you recover from this,' he says. 'God bless you, man. God bless you.'"

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b> Sunday, March 10, 2019
A 51-year-old man is critically injured after a crash on I-135 and Kellogg Sunday afternoon.

The single-vehicle crash happened shortly before 4 p.m. on southbound I-135 to eastbound Kellogg.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says Timothy McKown was traveling southbound about to take the exit to eastbound Kellogg when he lost control of his 1996 Honda Accord. The car then turned 90 degrees, and collided with a bridge pillar.

Troopers say McKown was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

He was not wearing a seatbelt.