Frane Selak has allegedly escaped death seven times

Frane Selak has allegedly escaped death seven times
Frane Selak has allegedly escaped death seven times

Later in 2003, he won 800,000 Euro (US$1,110,000) in the lottery. He purchased two houses and a boat with his winnings.

His close encounters with death have been:

  • A train he was on flipped off the tracks and fell into a river. Selek was pulled to safety, while 17 other passengers drowned.
  • The next year, during his first plane ride, he was blown out of a malfunctioning plane door and landed in a haystack. The plane crashed, killing 19 people.
  • Three years later, a bus he was riding skidded off the road and fell into a river. Selak was able to swim to safety, but 3 people drowned.
  • In 1970 his car caught fire as he was driving, and he managed to escape before the fuel tank blew up.
  • Three years later, the engine of his car was doused with hot oil from a malfunctioning fuel pump, causing flames to shoot through the air vents. He received only minor burns.
  • In 1995, he was hit by a bus in Zagreb, but sustained only minor injuries.
  • Years later, he avoided a head-on collision by swerving to the left and hitting a guardrail. Selak was flung through the windscreen, but he was able to hold onto a tree as his car plummeted 90 metres (300 ft) into a gorge.
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All these instances must give Frane Selak the title of “Luckiest person to ever live”.