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An odd thing happened to a Grammer man on his way to work Thursday afternoon.

Frank Nicholas, 45, spent an hour looking at the sky through his windshield after his car became stuck at a 75-degree angle.

When rescue workers arrived shortly after 2 p.m. at State Road 7 and County Road 250 East south of Columbus, they found the front of Nicholas’ hybrid Toyota Prius sitting upright on guy wires securing a utility pole.

The driver of the Ford Ranger pickup that struck Nicholas’ car was driving two co-workers to their second-shift jobs at NTN Driveshaft when the crash occurred.

“The last thing I remember seeing was a car going to the moon,” said Ryan Jarrett, 26, of Columbus.

But Nicholas, who was on his way to work at Faurecia, had a more distinct recollection of the incident.

“I was coming east from Columbus on State Street,” Nicholas said. “The other guy (Jarrett) was coming west from 250 East. He pulled out and tagged my rear end. There was another car coming from the other direction. I started to come around and tried to straighten it up to keep from hitting him.”

Sgt. T.A. Smith of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, who investigated the accident, agreed with Nicholas’ account.

While Nicholas complained of only minor pain, emergency workers told him to stay in the car until crews from the Bartholomew County REMC arrived to make sure the wires and nearby poles were secure.

When he was freed about 50 minutes after the accident, he was greeted with hugs from family members.

The investigating deputy considers Nicholas a fortunate man.

“He was lucky that he avoided the oncoming traffic, or it would have been a head-on crash,” Smith said.

While the highway was not closed as first responders waited to rescue Nicholas, traffic was slowed as flagmen moved vehicles through on one lane.

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