Karl-Anthony Towns says he is “lucky to be alive” after being involved in a brutal car accident which he gave himself a 5 percent chance of surviving.
Towns and assistant strength coach Kurt Joseph were rear-ended by a semi-truck while driving to the airport last Thursday.
Joseph, who was driving, stopped suddenly due to an accident ahead, but the truck behind them couldn’t stop in time.
Towns estimated the truck was travelling between 35-45 mph when it hit them.
“The accident could have went — I’d say I had a 5 percent chance of making it out alive,” Towns told reporters.
“I hit the 5 percent mark. I’d say 4 percent was to be seriously injured, and 1 percent was to be minorly injured — and I came out in the 1 percent.”
“It could have been much worse. In all honesty, I probably should not have made it out like I did.”
After the accident Towns was put in the concussion protocol and missed two games, bringing to an end his streak of 303 consecutive starts.
The Timberwolves announced that Towns has been passed the concussion protocol and will be available for Monday night’s game against the Sacramento Kings.
By all reports he’s not just lucky to be playing, he’s lucky to be alive.
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