But Kaleb started yelling for help while he sat with the dashboard on his knees, the steering wheel pushed down against his right hip and his feet wedged beneath him. The only thing left of his pickup truck was the driver's seat in the cab.
A shocked semi-driver came to his rescue.
"To get me out, he had to maneuver my foot that was trapped," Kaleb said. "There was a small space where the buckled front door and back cab door formed a "V" allowing room to reach in. "I was then able to free my other foot."
Through that same opening, Kaleb slid across shattered glass and onto the pavement, his jacket covering his face with gloved hands.
"A lot of first responders asked where the body was of the guy in the pickup," Kaleb said with a half-smile. "I'd raise my hand and their eyes would open wide and they'd say, 'No way!' Every single person said I was lucky to be alive."
The Whitby Farms employee isn't quick to attribute his astonishing escape from injury to luck -- an accident he walked away from with only two small cuts on his hands in a 26-vehicle pileup.
"The thing I keep telling myself is to remember the grace of God, being protected and to not forget that," Kaleb said, reflecting on his faith and close call. "Now I'm trying to live more righteously, praying more often and being grateful."
A forever-grateful man who on a fog-filled January morning, clearly saw the hand of God.
(Lucy Luginbill is a career television producer-host and the Spiritual Life editor for the Tri-City Herald. In her column, she reflects on the meaning of her name, "Light Bringer." If you have a story idea for Light Notes, contact her at email@example.com.)
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