Teenager survives car accident, 3 days in ravine
Near Huntsville, AL (NBC) -- A Tennessee teenager is lucky to be alive.
The 19-year-old was driving near the Alabama-Tennessee state line Saturday when his truck drove off the road and tumbled down a ravine.
Three days later, the teen is able to crawl from the wreckage to get help.
Tyler Campbell is 6'3" 200 pounds a tough kid with a gentle smile. You wouldn't have known it but for three days he would have to pull on every bit of strength he had.
Tyler's father, Lee Campbell says, "Tyler is just a special person."
Tyler's father says the entire family was at a church event when Tyler told them he was leaving to stop by a friend's house and he would be home at midnight.
Campbell says, "He didn't come home at 12:00 AM"
Panic didn't set in until morning. Family and search crews retraced Tyler's route home with no success. They didn't know but Tyler had fallen asleep on I-65 and didn't wake up until his truck went off the road and dropped some 30 feet into a ravine.
The crash broke his leg and shoulder. Even still, he climbed out of the wreckage and tried climbing up the embankment and failed many times.
Campbell explains, "He said I just prayed to God to take my life. He said, I went as far as I could go. And he said God told me I wasn't done yet."
Tuesday afternoon, in pain. Cold and only fueled by rain water he drank out of his broken headlight he tried again and made it to the roadway and was spotted by a driver. First responders rushed to his aid.
Campbell says, "He said I want to talk to my momma and daddy. That's just Tyler."
And of course, Tyler had a same smile as always, even on a hospital room gurney.
"It's incredible. I knew he was tough, I didn't know he was that tough," Campbell explains.
And he and his family drew from their faith.
"I don't believe in luck. It was the Lord. It was 100% in his plan, his will his way. He talked to my son through the whole thing. I would say him and my son, according to what Tyler has told me have become very close."
The Campbell family, they don't believe in luck. They strictly rely on their faith and they believe this is nothing short of a miracle.