Survivor of horrific White Lane trailer accident speaks out

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Hunter Wainscott and Mike Evans were on a nationwide mission trip that started in Asheville, North Carolina.

They made stops in places like St. Louis and Nashville before heading west.

The men had just left Redding and were on their way to New Mexico when their car broke down on White Lane in Bakersfield.

They dropped the car at a repair shop and were walking to a restaurant to eat when tragedy struck.

"Not even a quarter mile down the road, bam," Wainscott said. "It just went black and all I remember was waking up in the back of a cement trailer with cinder blocks on top of me.I was like I'm not going to make it, that's what was going through my mind. I'm not gonna make it. Like there was a guy holding my head together."

Wainscott did survive, but suffered back and arm injuries.

Evans did not survive.

"I'm really gonna miss him," Wainscott said. "We literally did everything together, like every single day we did something. We either went to the beach, went out to eat, went and hung out with some friends at the river. We just did everything together and it's just hard that he's gone."
 
Wainscott says Evans was more than his best friend, he was his mentor and the reason he was back at church. 
 
"He was a mentor to everybody. Everybody in town knew him. Everybody knew Mike. he played the keyboard for church. He was the music director and he just made an impact on everybody's life," Wainscott said. 
 
Wainscott had back surgery last week and is going through rehab treatments here in Bakersfield, but his family is working to get him back home to South Carolina.
 
They have set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for medical and travel expenses.

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