The incident happened when Whitby was traveling down the foggy, icy Oregon interstate. Not being able to see in front of him, he then plowed into the back of a semi, which sent his pickup truck flipping up into the air.
Seconds later, Whitby’s life or death situation became even more bleak when he saw the bright lights of another semi truck coming straight at him.
In an interview with CNN, Whitby said, “When I saw those lights coming, I knew he was going to hit me. And then I closed my eyes and prayed that everything turned out OK. That was all I could do.”
Amazingly, Whitby was only one of 100 people that were involved in this soon-to-be 60-plus car pileup. Overall, the pileup stretched over 33 miles of highway outside of Baker City and ended up injuring a dozen people, all of which were initially treated at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center. Of the 12 people, 11 are in satble condition, while one was transferred to OHSU Hospital in Portland and is listed in critical condition.
“This is the biggest crash I have seen in a while,” said Oregon State Police Sgt. Kyle Hove said. “It was extremely slick out there. One semi that spun around on the black ice started the chain reaction. It’s surprising no one died in this.