Steeple survivor taking a new look at life

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Five days ago, Michael Williams was driving through downtown Shreveport. As he drove down Texas Street, he had no idea what was about to happen, or how far his story of survival would reach.

In an instant, a tornado tore the 100-foot steeple from the roof of the 1st United Methodist Church, and dropped it to the ground. It landed directly on top of Michael's car.

To look at pictures from the scene, most people would assume no one could have survived such a freak accident. Michael's car was crushed.

But fire and EMS crews worked to pull Michael from the wreckage. He was alive.

"I came to. The only memory I have is being crushed into a little ball inside my car and the next thing I saw were dozen of policemen sticking IVs in me," Michael said.

Five days after the October 29 accident, the 57-year-old Michael spirits are up. In fact, he says he is looking at life through new pair of glasses.

Michael says he loves life right now.

He still hasn't seen video of the terrifying ordeal, just one picture of his crushed Lexus.

Eyewitnesses and even doctors inside the LSU Trauma Center can only describe the freak accident as a miracle.

"I'm here for a reason," Michael said. "I just don't know what it is yet.  I'll let you know when I find out."

Michael is recovering with staples in his head, a fractured vertebra and wrist, a partially amputated finger, and three broken bones in his foot.

When asked if he would attend church more, the weakened graphic artist said, "I would have gone yesterday if I could."

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