Jeep Wrangler Bursts Into Fireball In Terrifying Head-On Crash With Semi Truck

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An 18-year-old college student driving a Jeep Wrangler TJ miraculously survived a crash with a semi truck—a collision that burst the latter’s fuel tank, creating a massive fireball that looks like something out of a Hollywood movie, Boston 25 News reports. After being pulled from his Jeep by occupants of a third vehicle, the student was reportedly taken to a hospital, where he’s now being treated for serious injuries.

The news site shows the dash cam footage taken in Dublin, New Hampshire last Tuesday (a fair warning: it’s pretty shocking):


That footage came out of a vehicle occupied by a father and son, who both helped remove the student, named Samuel Lachance, from the burning Jeep, Boston 25 News writes.

There’s no word on what caused the Wrangler to veer into the truck in the oncoming lane, but the 66-year-old semi truck driver in it was reportedly taken to a hospital with minor injuries, while Lachance is in the hospital recovering from various injuries, which his mother described to Boston 25 News, saying:

“He is somewhat alert. He is able to recognize people. His burns are healing unbelievably well. So he’s coming along, but he does have a pretty traumatic brain injury.

Someone in Jeep community has set up a Gofundme account calling for Jeep enthusiasts to support the family as Samuel recovers. That page includes a post-crash picture of the Jeep; unsurprisingly, it’s mangled.

Sr. Tech Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from engineers—email me. Cars: Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94), Chrysler Voyager Diesel ('94)

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