Former ESPN sportscaster survives being thrown from moving RV onto Southern California freeway

 Former ESPN sportscaster Cordell Patrick says a higher power helped him survive a crash that threw him out of his RV on a busy Southern California freeway earlier this week.

Patrick spoke to FOX11 Los Angeles from a hospital bed, covered in bandages as he recovered from multiple broken bones and road burns over 60% of his body.

"It wasn't my time to go," Patrick said. "My survival is a miracle."

Patrick and his wife were returning from an RV trip Monday afternoon to their home in Valencia, just north of Los Angeles, when the vehicle turned into a median on State Route 14. His wife was driving at the time, and Patrick had just unbuckled his seat belt to use the toilet on the recreational vehicle.

"I had just got up to go to the bathroom and ... my wife fell asleep at the same time," Patrick recalled. “So I tried to grab the wheel to straighten it but by then the collision had already happened.”

The award-winning sportscaster described how the impact tore him through the driver's side window and sent him sliding and bouncing 175 feet off the freeway into oncoming traffic.

Dashcam video captured the harrowing moment Patrick was ejected from the RV, showing how a vehicle swerved out of the way to avoid hitting him.

"I was partially in one lane and I was trying to get up but my left ankle twisted backwards," he said. "So I said, 'This won't work.' So I got myself out of that way."

Patrick made it to the middle, pressed himself against it and waited for help.

A good Samaritan, Alf Smithee, told the station that he stopped on the freeway and ran to help.

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"The first thing he said was, 'How's my wife?'" Smythe recalled.

Patrick's wife survived the crash while the sportscaster will undergo surgery to help his recovery.

When asked in the hospital why he survived, Patrick pointed upward and replied, "A higher power."

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