Excavator Lucky to Be Alive After Smokestack Collapse

One man saw his life flash before his eyes after his work on the demolition of a landmark almost turned deadly.
1:46 | 11/25/15

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demolition worker lucky to be alive this morning surviving inside that excavator. You see it right there as the smokestack fell right on top of it. ABC's kendis Gibson has the story. Reporter: The demolition gone horribly wrong. After two unsuccessful attempts using explosives to bring down this over 150-foot-tall smokestack in Alabama, Tim Pfeiffer, 15-year veteran goes in to take a look hoping to knock it over with his excavator. Instead the local landmark comes crashing down on Pfeiffer. Watch as he's trapped inside the machine, a drone flying above filming everything. Members of his team instantly rushing to help. You can even see Pfeiffer's daughter running across the bottom of the screen desperately trying to reach her dad. I remember being halfway across the field just looking at him and just like, I had to stop and I was like, I don't know if he made it. Reporter: Moments later one of his team members throwing his arm in the air giving everyone a thumb's up and fifer emerges. I've had things go wrong but not like this. Reporter: Despite a couple of scratches and a coating of soot fifer is alive and well thanks to his own quick thinking. Stay in the hoe. The cab is made for that thing to turn over on top of it. You know, I was safer inside the cab than coming out of it. God bless. Reporter: For "Good morning America," kendis Gibson, ABC news, New York.

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