A teenager and his family credit God with saving his life.
Several days after he disappeared, search crews finally found 19-year-old Tyler Campbell alive. Hundreds of volunteers had searched for him, finding him on the side of Interstate 65 near the Alabama-Tennessee line.
According to WFAA TV in Huntsville, Tyler crawled out of a 30 foot ravine three days after crashing his truck. He survived with a broken leg and shoulder, with no food and very little water.
Tyler is 6"3', about 200 pounds – described as a tough kid with a gentle smile.
His father, Lee Campbell, says the entire family was at a church event when Tyler told them he was leaving to stop by a friend's house, and would be home by midnight.
When he didn't arrive home, family and search crews retraced Tyler's route home with no success.
They didn't know Tyler had fallen asleep at the wheel and that his truck had gone off the road and rolled some 30 feet into a ravine near.
Even with a broken leg and shoulder, he was able to crawl out of the wreckage and attempted to climb up the embankment. But he just couldn’t do it.
Tyler says “I just prayed to God to take my life. I went as far as I could go. And then God told me ‘You’re not done yet.’
He drank rain water out of his broken headlight and last Tuesday, cold and in pain, he tried again and made it to the roadway where he was spotted by a driver. First responders rushed to his aid.
His dad says "I don't believe in luck. It was the Lord. It was 100 percent in his plan, and his will, and his way.”
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.