They had to use the Jaws of Life to cut out the victim and still they weren't sure he'd make it. The victim's father says the fact that his son is alive is nothing less than a miracle.
With his father by his side, 31-year-old Josh Wilkerson is recovering at WakeMed in Raleigh.
"The doctors have all told me by what they've seen in the report, you should be dead and he's not," Fred Wilkerson said.
Wilkerson says he was on his way to Virginia Wednesday when he got a call from WakeMed telling him his son had been in a wreck. The crash happened on Cleveland School Road in Wake County.
According to the wreck report, the driver of a dump truck failed to yield and plowed into Joshua's car. Chopper11 HD showed firefighters trying to take him out of the wreckage.
"When I got to WakeMed, he looked really bad, he had blood in his ears," Fred recalled. "I thought he had brain damage, but thank God, he has not brain damage. I was just thankful to see him alive."
Joshua suffered several fractures, his left lung is collapsed.
"He's in a lot of pain, but he's talking," Fred added.
Joshua is expected to recover. Fred says his son almost died when he was born prematurely and was nursed back to life at WakeMed 31 years ago -- the same place where he's recovering.
"When I saw him at the hospital, he held my hand again, like he did when he was a baby and I said, 'This brings back memories,'" Fred said.
It's a story of survival and unwavering faith by a father who's thankful for the gift of his son's life.
"Prayer is the reason why he's alive because when you look at the picture of the car that you all have, it's, it's miraculous that anybody walked away," Fred said.
He says many people are praying for his son and so far, those prayers have been answered. Joshua was moved out of the Intensive Care Unit and is making progress.