Man Whose Car Plunged Off Elevated Expressway Says “All You Can Do Is Hold On”

A man whose car plunged from an elevated expressway in the Bronx after hitting a patch of ice said in an exclusive hospital interview with NBC 4 New York that his life flashed before his eyes as he clutched the wheel.

Carlos Broadbelt and his wife were heading to file their taxes Monday when their Toyota Matrix lost traction on the Bruckner Expressway in Unionport and flew off the side of the elevated road.

The car landed upright on the street below, but had heavy damage. Debris spattered the roadway where the car landed, and police say items in the car's trunk flew out midair and hit another vehicle on a service nearby service.

The couple even lost their tax documents.

"It happened so fast," said Broadbelt, a 54-year-old registered nurse. "All you can do is hold on to the steering wheel."

Broadbelt is recovering with two broken ribs and neck pain. His wife had minor head trauma but is OK, and he said he feels "blessed" despite the pain.

"You see those movies where life just passes by -- that's what happened to me," he said. "I'm glad I'm alive."

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