Karl-Anthony Towns Had 5% Chance of Surviving Car Accident

The Minnesota Timberwolves star is "lucky to be alive."

Karl Anthony-Towns
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns celebrates a three-point shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
By Ariel Scotti / February 26, 2019 12:00 pm

After being pulled from the wreckage of a horrific car accident on February 21, Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns is counting his blessings.

“[I’m lucky to be alive” Towns told reporters on Monday after revealing that he had only a 5% chance of surviving the crash, according to Bleacher Report.

“The accident could have went — I’d say I had a 5% chance of making it out alive,” Towns told reporters. “I hit the 5% mark. I’d say 4% was to be seriously injured, and 1% was to be minorly injured — and I came out in the 1%.”

T-Wolves coach Ryan Saunders first informed the media that Towns was involve din an accident on Friday while the star was making his way to the airport as the team traveled to New York to face the Knicks.

Towns noted Monday that he was in a vehicle that came to a complete stop in order to avoid being involved in an accident ahead, but his car was hit by a semitruck that was going an estimated 35 to 45 mph.

“It could have been much worse,” Towns acknowledged. “In all honesty, I probably should not have made it out like I did.”

Just days later, Towns is ready to return to the court after the team’s doctors cleared him from concussion protocol.

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