A harrowing tale of survival has resurfaced, as a young man who narrowly avoided death in a forklift accident in 2019 has been readmitted to the hospital. Loren Schauers, a resident of Great Falls, Montana, was driving a forklift when the vehicle careened off a bridge and plunged down a steep 50-foot hill.
In a desperate attempt to escape, Schauers tried to jump free, but was ensnared by his seatbelt, which wrapped around his legs. The impact of the crash pinned the lower half of his body in place, leaving him in agony but conscious for the entire ordeal.
Reflecting on the horrific incident, Schauers recounted, “My eyes were wide open and I saw the forklift come down and land on my hips and my right forearm.” He added that he also witnessed “a big old piece of muscle from my arm just lying on the ground next to me. It had just blown apart instantly from the impact.”
Despite initial fears that he would not survive, Schauers ultimately pulled through, thanks in part to the soft ground on which he fell. Had the ground been harder, he likely would have bled out before emergency services could arrive.
In the aftermath of the accident, Schauers had the lower half of his body amputated. While he and his wife Sabia Reiche did their best to stay positive and started a YouTube channel, Schauers has now been readmitted to the hospital due to concerns about sepsis.
To support his ongoing medical expenses, a GoFundMe page has been set up that has raised over $90,000 since the accident. Those who wish to follow Schauers’ progress can find him on Twitch at @iAceNation or donate to the GoFundMe page.