Former ESPN Anchor Survives Ejection from RV in Crash – RVBusiness – Breaking RV Industry News
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — Former ESPN sportscaster Cordell Patrick was ejected from an RV crash onto a busy Southern California freeway this week and lived to tell about it, according to a report by KCAL News, the CBS affiliate in Los Angeles, and multiple other media reports.
The crash happened just before 11:30 a.m. when the RV drove into the center divider on the northbound side of the freeway. The man, a passenger in the vehicle, was launched onto the opposite side of the freeway. The crash caused a SigAlert for both sides of the freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department said their paramedics took one person to the hospital. The extent of their injuries is unclear at this point, but video from the crash site showed one man with severe road rash but conscious.
A Good Samaritan who stopped to help said the RV driver fell asleep before hitting the center divider.
Patrick said he can remember every second of his frightening ordeal.
“It’s indescribable. I didn’t know what was going on,” Patrick said. “I thought the entire side of the RV had been ripped off. I was trying to figure out, ‘Why am I outside?’”
Patrick said his face slid across 170 feet of pavement after he was launched out of his brand-new RV. He and his wife were returning from a camping trip in Menifee.
They were only a few minutes away from their Valencia home when he had to use the restroom. That’s when he realized his wife had dozed off. As the RV began to swerve off, Patrick tried to grab a hold of the wheel and straighten out, but it was too late, and the RV had slammed into the wall. He had worn his seatbelt the entire time until that moment.