By looking at these pictures, it's hard to imagine that anyone could have walked away from the Toyota MR2 wreck. However, not only did the driver manage to free himself from the pile of twisted metal, but he actually left the wreckage unharmed, apart from a few scratches and bruises.
In a Facebook post, the owner of the car, Scott Shepherd, of Rincon, Georgia, explained that he was driving last Monday when a speeding pickup truck cut him off. As it did, a bucket flew out of the vehicle, so Shepherd had to swerve to avoid hitting it. But he lost control of the 2001 MR2 and did a 180 turn under an oncoming semi-truck.
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The massive accident left the front end of the car crushed and the man trapped in the driver’s seat, without being able to move his legs. So he took off his shoes, cut the roof and bended the frame to free himself. The outcome? "Other than a couple of scratches and bruises, I walked away unharmed", said Shepherd. "Truly blessed. I left the emergency room without even a band aid. Kudos to Toyota engineers. I shouldn’t be here right now."
Discontinued in 2007, the MR2 is rumored to make a comeback. If it gets greenlit, it should keep the mid-engine and rear-wheel drive layout and might use an electric or hybrid powertrain, though a conventional ICE is also on the cards.