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  • Meet Frane Selak, an elderly music teacher from Croatia.

  • And depending on how you look at it, either the world’s unluckiest or the world’s luckiest person to ever live.

  • His unbelievable yet true story begins on a cold winter’s day in 1962, travelling from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik.

  • A fault with the line caused his train to jump the track and plunge into the freezing river below.

  • While other passengers were killed in the crash or drowned in the sinking wreckage, suffering a broken arm, Frane managed to escape and swim to shore.

  • Little did Frane know at the time, but this incident marked the beginning of a series of bizarre events that would occur over the next 40 years of his life.

  • The following year while travelling aboard a small plane bound for Rijeka, disaster struck for a second time.

  • Mid-flight, both engines stopped working, cabin pressure dropped, and the plane began losing altitude.

  • You might have thought that this was probably the worst thing that could have happened, but you’d be wrong.

  • While the plane plummeted towards the ground, a malfunctioning door blew off, and poor Frane was sucked out of the aircraft.

  • Tumbling through the air without a parachute, Frane must have thought he was a goner.

  • But while the plane crashed into the side of the hill, killing all 19 on board, Frane somehow managed to land in a haystack and survived with only minor injuries.

  • Another two years went by before Frane’s next brush with death.

  • This time while travelling by bus, ice on the road caused the wheels to lock up and the vehicle skidded through the safety guard and into the valley below.

  • Four passengers were killed, but not Frane.

  • Tired or perhaps terrified of public transport, Frane began to travel mostly by car, but that didn’t seem to help either.

  • In 1970, his car engine burst into flames, but Frane was able to jump free before it exploded.

  • Then three years later in 1973, the fuel pump in his new car ruptured causing another engine fire.

  • But this time the flames were blown straight at him through the air vents.

  • Needless to say, he survived this too, albeit with less hair than he began with.

  • In 1995, he survived being hit by a bus.

  • And in 1996, a careless truck driver forced him off the side of a mountain road.

  • His car plunged 300 feet and exploded in a ball of flames, but Frane wasn’t in it.

  • Having somehow jumped out of the window, he was found clinging to a tree, somewhere down the cliff phase.

  • Now Frane’s story may have ended there as since then Frane hasn’t been involved in any other death defying incidents.

  • However, there is one last twist to this man’s incredible story.

  • In 2003, at the age of 72, Frane bought a lottery ticket, his first one in over 40 years.

  • He won the jackpot, safely securing his place as the luckiest, unlucky person to ever live.

Meet Frane Selak, an elderly music teacher from Croatia.

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