FRESNO COUNTY (KFSN) -- Douglas Einarson, 73, was headed North on I-5 overnight when tragedy struck.
"I thought I was going to die."
While driving up I-5 a big rig rammed into him. The force of the big rig, strong enough to continue pushing him forward, then the truck hits two more big rigs.
"I knew I had been hit."
"It kept going on and on crashing. It tilted this way. The lights when on and off inside the vehicle. Stuff was hitting me. The seat is broken I was sideways," said Einarson.
What took a matter of seconds felt like a lifetime.
"I started thinking. I got to get out of here.
As he came to a stop Einarson realized he was trapped.
"I managed to cut myself out of the seat belt. It was all locked up."
His driver door not opening and his passenger door was jammed. He kicked it hit until he was free and made it out with just minor injuries, but shocked to see the aftermath.
"I looked back and I just saw this huge debris field."
While thankful to be alive, he knows one man lost his life in this crash.
"It was devastating, devastated. My life is changed."
Einarson is still trying to figure out what is next for him. He was able to find his passport and some money but still needs to find a way to get back to his wife in Canada.
2 people injured in a crash involving a big rig and a car in Fresno County