Teen recalls moments before SUV flipped off Grand Parkway near New Territory

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"I just closed my eyes and I told myself, 'Fixing to die, I'm fixing to die,'" Albert Calderon said.

"I just keep telling myself, 'How did I survive this? How did we survive this?'"

Albert Calderon, 18, said by the grace of God, he and his three friends survived a horrific car accident Monday near New Territory.

"We flipped five times," he said.

"It's crazy. It's amazing," said Albert's mom, in tears. "I'm so glad he's here."

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They were on Highway 99 in Sugar Land when Calderon was about to steer into a left-hand lane, but his best-friend Isiah noticed a car in his blind spot and pulled on the steering wheel.

But then, Calderon pulled it back hard, causing him to lose control of his SUV.

"It was like a roller coaster, I just held on tight and started flipping," Albert said.

The SUV then hit the guardrail.

"I could hear them scream," Albert recalled.

Calderon remembers going over the embankment and seeing the Brazos River as they nose-dived 75 feet.

"I grabbed on to my friend and I grabbed on to steering wheel, and I just closed my eyes and I told myself, 'Fixing to die, I'm fixing to die,'" he said. "While I was in the air, I fainted, I passed out, so I really don't know how we hit the ground."

Calderon remembers waking up and seeing his friend bloody and passed out. He cut his fingers after crawling out of the windshield to get to his friends.

"I was scared, I started crying trying to wake them up. 'Wake up, wake up, I can't lose ya'll,' I yelled. 'I can't lose ya'll, wake up,'" he said.

Eventually, help arrived and one of his friends was taken to the hospital by air. However, it was a true unbelievable miracle all four survived with minor injuries.

"Anything can happen on any moment," he said. "Thank God that we're alive, you know."

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