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Teen Recovering After Being Trapped In Crash

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HUNTSVILLE, AL.- Tyler Campbell spent days trapped at the bottom of a deep ravine with several broken bones, no food, and no water.

On Wednesday, his family shared more about how the Lincoln County teen, somehow, survived.

Campbell was in surgery for much of the day Wednesday at Huntsville Hospital, but his father said he was in good spirits. The teen was expected to make a full recovery, something his family was extremely grateful for.

Nineteen-year-old Tyler Campbell was reported missing on Saturday.

"Tyler said daddy ‘I'm gonna go to a friend's house', and I said okay, what time will you be home, and he said by 12, and I said that's fine," said Tyler's father Lee Campbell.

On the way home Tyler fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his pickup truck.

"He basically went to sleep and went off the road behind the guardrail with no brakes, so there are no tracks," explained Lee Campbell.

For three long days, the 19-year-old lay injured at the bottom of steep ravine next to the interstate where no one could spot him, or his mangled pickup truck.

As Tyler's father put out the call for help his son put out one of his own.

"He said he asked God to take his life, he was freezing cold. He told me he said daddy I was so cold. And he said the Lord said I have a plan," explained Tyler's father.

A plan that somehow gave the six-foot-five teenager the strength to pull himself up the embankment, broken leg and shoulder in tow, then slide beneath the guardrail and find help.

Tyler's father said he actually tried Sunday and Monday to crawl up that embankment, but kept sliding back down, because he was just too weak to climb. On Tuesday, though he tried a different route and was able to make it.

From his bed at Huntsville Hospital, Tyler was now all smiles Wednesday.

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