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Men say they are lucky to be alive after truck flips on I-79

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Slick road conditions made for dangerous driving conditions throughout Kanawha County Thursday morning.

According to Metro 911 dispatchers, there were roughly 12 car accidents between 6:30-9:30 a.m.

One of those accidents involved a truck that crashed on Interstate-79 in the Clendenin area.

Tyler Pullins and Adrian Thompson said the crash happened extremely fast and without warning.

Pullins said he thought the road looked clear when he hit what he thought was a patch of black ice.

"I guess it was black ice because it happened instantly. It just whipped right around," he said.

The truck flipped upside down and ended up in the ditch.

It was a freak accident neither men said they've ever been in before.

Thompson was the passenger and said he knew they had to try and get out of the truck as soon as possible.

"At first I tried my door. My door wouldn't open. He said his door would open. So, we pretty much just crawled out of it," he said.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department and ambulance showed up shortly after.   Both men managed to survived without any serious injuries.

"It was pretty rough. I messed my shoulder up and that was about it," Pullins said.

With more snow and ice in the forecast over the next couple of days, the men said they want their experience to show other drivers that accidents like this one can happen to anyone, at anytime, and without warning.

"Drive slow. Be careful and I don't know, just pay attention. Watch it," Pullins said.

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