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Christiansburg man survives thanks to seat belt

CHRISTIANSBURG (WSLS 10) - According to Christiansburg police, one man would be dead if it were not for his seat belt, after he went unconscious behind the wheel.

Monday, they recognized Andy Eames as the winner of the Saved by the Belt award.

Police dashcam video shows he crashed into a telephone pole back in December after he suffered a medical emergency and passed out.

Eames said he was driving back from church, and next thing he knew, he woke up to airbags and broken glass.

The Saved by the Belt award is given out by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police.