A habitual fuel-purchaser in West Gardiner, Maine learned the incredible value of a process known as “stepping out of the way” when an out-of-control SUV slammed into his car at a gas station.

Incredibly and happily, nobody was hurt, though the condition of the gas-filling man’s underpants, Joel Moran, is not known. Underpants experts fear the worst.

According to Maine State Police, the SUV sped through a stop sign, and then clipped another vehicle, which caused the speeding SUV driver to lose control. The SUV then drifted sideways into the gas station, where it impacted Moran’s Lincoln LS.

You can clearly see the body-freezing disbelief in Moran as he — like any of us would — struggles to get his brain to send signals to get his ass out of there, which he thankfully does, right in the nick of time. News reports and social media are calling him lucky, but I disagree — a lucky man would have been nowhere near a careening, out-of-control SUV. Lucky men get mistakenly handed free chili dogs or accidentally step onto the Pleasure Train instead of the subway.

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This guy has good, working reflexes and used them to avoid serious injury.

Yikes.

(Thanks, Georgek52!)


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