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Amazing Surveillance Video Tells Improbable Story Of Survival

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by Nick Beres

COLUMBIA, Tenn. - It's an amazing story of survival and it was all caught on tape.

NewsChannel 5 obtained an exclusive copy of some of the most incredible surveillance video ever seen.  It was taken last Friday when Columbia police said Eric Whitaker plowed his pick-up into the Columbia Market on Hampshire Pike.  They said he was trying to rundown his ex-girlfriend.

The video showed he missed the woman, but the car actually collided with the store owner and clerk Surendra Patel.  Patel was crushed under debris, but then somehow emerged and walked away.

Police said Whitaker then ran from the store and stole an SUV.  He collided head on with a bread truck.

The entire event was caught on the store's high tech surveillance system and will now be used in the criminal case against Whitaker.

Whitaker was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center and was listed in critical conditon. Patel suffered minor bumps and bruises, but is home recovering.

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