Henri Cheramie was on his way home during a particularly nasty storm, leading to a series of events that would leave anyone looking to buy a lottery ticket with the kind of luck he had.

As he drove to his home in Montgomery, AL, he saw lightning strike a tree near the road. Henri leaned over to get a better view.

When he leaned over, the tree fell onto his car, pinning him inside of it, with half of his body poking out of the sunroof.

Henri Cheramie

"The limb was split into two right where my head was," Henri said.

It's almost like he's Buster Keaton's great-great-grandkid or something.


It took awhile for the rescue crews to get him out of the car in a way that he wouldn't be injured.

Henri Cheramie

"It took about two hours for them to extract me," He said. "They had to secure the limb, cut it, then cut the car enough so I wasn't pinned."

Obviously excited to be out of the car, Henri said he hugged the fireman who pulled him out of the car.

Henri Cheramie
Henri Cheramie

Henri said they took him over to be checked out at an ambulance, but because of the way the tree split the car combined with him moving to get a better view, he was essentially uninjured.

"They brought me to the ambulance and checked me out. Aside from a bump on my head and some scrapes and cuts, I was ok. No concussion, my vitals were fine."

Henri opted out of going to the hospital after calling his wife to tell her what happened. He got a ride home with the police who were on the scene.

If you would like to help Henri get another vehicle, here's his gofundme.

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