One motorcycle rider in California is lucky to be alive — and he has the video to prove it. Jesse Lopez was riding his motorcycle through the Angeles National Forest in Los Angeles, California, when he took a blind turn and crashed straight into an oncoming fire truck, ABC station KABC reported.
The 24-year-old’s collision with a Los Angeles County Fire Department truck was all caught on his GoPro helmet camera.
The dramatic video shows Lopez racing up Glendora Ridge Road behind another biker: He goes around a blind corner, swerves to the left and smashes head-on with the oncoming truck.
The camera spun off his helmet and landed on the ground before his friend grabbed it several minutes later as firefighters tended to Lopez’s injuries.
“When I saw what happened, I got shocked. I was like, ‘Whoa!’” Lopez told KABC.
Lopez has no memory of the April 1 crash and compared seeing the helmet-camera video to watching a movie about someone else, KABC reported.
He had two compound fractures in his left leg and a severely broken arm, but Lopez – and his GoPro – survived the crash. He is still recovering from his injuries nearly three months later.
“Especially head-on, you don’t think many people would survive that. Guess he’s lucky to be alive,” his friend Angelo Guerrero told KABC.
The firefighters were able to radio to a medical helicopter and Lopez was taken to a nearby hospital, KABC reported.
Nobody else was injured in the accident.