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Russian man narrowly avoids massive car crash at gas station (VIDEO)

Eric Pfeiffer
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Some people are calling him the "luckiest dude in Russia," after a Russian man narrowly avoided being crushed in a massive car accident at a gas station.

Russia Today (RT) reports that the accident happened in Orenburg, a transcontinental city near the Ural River. In the 32-second video, a bus reportedly carrying 30 passengers crashes into a Lukoil gas station after sustaining a collision with a truck that swerved into its path. Both vehicles ended up slamming into other cars. Amazingly, no one was seriously injured in the series of crashes.

A camera was mounted aboard the bus, giving a first-person view as it swerves into the gas station, on a direct course for the sole Russian man who is standing next to a gas pump. He notices the incoming bus at the last moment but only has time to flinch as two vehicles slam on his left and right sides, leaving him unscathed. A door from the truck appears to fly off its hinges, narrowing avoiding a direct collision with the man.

The video was uploaded to YouTube by Claudio Paskuale, who calls the man in the video the "luckiest dude in Russia." He's also becoming something of an Internet celebrity, as nearly half a million viewers have watched the shocking video since it was uploaded.

And as RT notes, "Though a stand covering the gas pumps was hit, no fuel apparently leaked, and what could have been a massive blast involving dozens of casualties did not happen."

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