On the morning of June 6, 2005, Tyson Beckford—the face of Ralph Lauren and one of the most famous male models in the world—wanted to get an early start on his day. He had no idea what was to come.
Tyson says he was stopped at a stop sign on Route 3 in Secaucus, New Jersey, just outside of New York City, when he claims his truck was rear-ended by a tractor-trailor. Tyson says, "I…did a 180 spin and had my clutch foot in and my brake foot in. I was literally standing on top of it. I just hit the pole and wrapped the front end of my truck around it, and that was it."