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In case you have a close shave with death whilst you are driving or travelling in a train but somehow emerge unscathed, you may possibly deem your escape purely coincidental. And if you once again cheat death by a hair’s breadth, coming out with your life and limbs intact, you may possibly ascribe your acquiring away to the sheer stroke of luck. But how will you describe your deceiving death seven instances at a stretch? ‘Providential’.

Think it or not, an octogenarian man from Croatia, Frane Selek, had a hair-raising brush with death on at least seven occasions but managed to escafpe every time. And soon after Almighty decided that Selek had had sufficient, he rewarded him with a $ 1 million (£6, 00,00) lottery jackpot.  No wonder, Frane Selek has been dubbed the ‘luckiest unluckiest man in the world’.

Photo of Frane Selak

Photo of Frane Selak

His hide-and-seek story with death began way back in 1962 whilst he was travelling in a train which jumped off the tracks and plunged into an icy cold river. His final faceoff (with death) occurred in 1996 when in an try to keep away from a frontal collision with a truck his vehicle hit a guardrail, and fell 300 ft under into a canyon. Nonetheless, he was thrown off the vehicle whilst the car was nose-diving considering the fact that he was not strapped to a seatbelt, and someway hung onto a tree.

His intensely fictional true-life saga has been adapted into a YouTube cartoon film (under). The following paragraphs elucidate Frane Selak’s encounters with death as effectively as the miraculous escapes.

1962: Frane escapes with injuries from a train that plunges headlong into a cold river

Frane Selak with broke hand - draw picture

It occurred to be a incredibly chilly morning when Frane boarded a train in Sarajevo (capital of Bosnia Herzegovina) that was headed to Dubrovnik, a tourist hotspot in Croatia. However for him, the train derailed whilst passing via a precipitous ravine and plunged headlong into the freezing river under. A total of 17 passengers drowned to their deaths but a person pulled Frane out of the water as he escaped sustaining hypothermia and a fractured arm.

1963: Selak is ejected from a plane along with a couple of other people but lands on a haystack

Wounded Frane selek picture

It seemed that the evil spirits have been nonetheless in hot pursuit in 1963 when Selek was acquiring prepared to board a plane in Croatia, his homeland. Incidentally it was his initially airplane ride and the only a single till date. A single of the doors of the airplane occurred that was not functioning appropriately flew open and Frane along with 19 other passengers have been sucked outdoors.

He kept on plunging downwards at breakneck speed owing to gravitational pull only to land in a heap of haystack. The 19 other passengers fell to their deaths.

1966: Frane swims ashore suffering minor injuries soon after a bus he was travelling in skids to fall into a river

In 1966, a bus that Frane Selek had boarded, careened whilst passing a viaduct and rolled down to fall into a river. 4 of his co-passengers passed away but he somehow swam to the shore and managed to survive, taking on minor bruises and lacerations.

Burned Frane selek picture1970: Frane’s vehicle catches fire whilst he is driving and rushes out just just before the fuel tank explodes

Though Frane was driving to a location in 1970, the engine of his vehicle started to burn. Sensing difficulty, he rushed out of the vehicle and inside a couple of seconds, the fuel tank blew off.

1973: Car or truck engine once again catches fire due to a leaking fuel pump and his hair is singed completely but he but once again survives

Precisely 3 year soon after the automobile explosion incident, the engine of Selek’s car caught fire as it was drenched in hot oil that had seeped out of a faulty fuel pump. He desperately attempted to rush out of the vehicle as flames shoot up by way of the vents, and in the melee, his hair was completely burnt. Nonetheless, he survived to inform the tale.

1995: Frane sustains minor bruises  as he is hit by a bus in Zagreb but stays alive

Following a extended hiatus of 22 years, Frane but once again finds himself staring at death as he is hit by a coach in Zagreb but escapes with his life.

Frane Selak stucked in tree - draw picture1996: His vehicle struck head-on by an UN bus falls into a canyon but he lives to inform the tale

Inside a year, whilst driving on a curvaceous mountainous path, his vehicle is hit by an UN lorry coming from the opposite path. His vehicle breaks via the guardrail and nosedives into a ravine 90 meters under but he manages to cling to a tree and save his life.

Megalotto draw in tv and complete match ticket of megalotto

Following cheating death so quite a few instances, Frank is incredibly fortunate once again, for the eight time when he wins the $1 million in the Croatian lotto just two days soon after his birth anniversary. He went on to marry for the fifth time and ultimately sold off his palatial household that he had purchased with the sweepstake cash and distributed the cash to his close to and dear ones.


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