Man upgraded to fair after near-deadly crash

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The man who narrowly escaped with his life in a freak accident on Interstate 17 near Bethany Home Road on Thursday has been upgraded from serious to fair condition at a local hospital.  

[READ MORE: Metal cargo smashes through SUV's windshield]

We have learned the man in 67 years old and lives in the far northwest part of Phoenix. We are not releasing his name because the Arizona Department of Public Safety is continuing its investigation.

The man was driving his Chevy Suburban when it appears he rear-ended a flatbed truck carrying huge sheets of corrugated metal. The metal sheets were extending beyond the flatbed and smashed directly through the man’s windshield all the way through to his headrest.

The man suffered head injuries but was moving on his own and was able to assist paramedics getting him on the stretcher at the scene.

His neighbors tell us the man lives alone with his German shepherd, who they said goes everywhere with him.  

“His relationship with that dog is pretty tight. Seems like a well-mannered dog. Every time we walk by it seems well behaved,” said one neighbor.

“I was very much aware of how close he is with his dog. So, it's surprising to hear that the dog didn't have any injuries as well,” said another neighbor.

The dog was in the SUV at the time of the crash but was unhurt.

“He's very quiet, very nice. Has a beautiful dog,” said a woman who knows the man who was hurt in passing. She says when she saw the death-defying accident on television, she says she had no idea that it was her neighbor.

“Seeing that on the TV was, you know, horrendous. You just don't think anybody is going to come out of that alive. My husband, being a police officer retired, he just says nobody comes out of these alive. So, it was quite shocking to see him moving. And I'm glad that he is and hopefully he's going to be OK,” said the same woman.    

The neighbors said they will keep an eye out for when the man is released from the hospital and they will be sure to check on him.

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