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Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns — ‘Lucky to be alive’ after accident –

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Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns says he is “lucky to be alive” after being involved in a car accident that has sidelined him for Minnesota’s past two games.


Towns said Monday that he had a 5 percent chance of surviving the accident, which occurred last Thursday.

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

The two-time All-Star said he was in a Hyundai Santa Fe that had come to a complete stop in order to avoid a separate accident in front of them. The Hyundai was then hit by a semi-truck that Towns estimated was traveling 35-45 mph.

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

The Timberwolves announced earlier that Towns is no longer in the concussion protocol and will play in Monday night’s game against the Sacramento Kings.

Towns missed Minnesota’s game Friday against the Knicks and Saturday against the Bucks, ending his streak of 303 consecutive games started.

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