July 21, 2016 12:01 pm
Updated: July 21, 2016 12:21 pm

Caught on camera: Man flies off water slide, breaks arm, fractures ribs

WATCH: David Salmon wasn't expecting to end his vacation weekend in the hospital.

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A Dallas man knows his injuries could have been a lot worse after he flew off the side of a water slide and down a rocky hill last weekend.

“I could have easily broken my neck or my back and this could have been way worse,” said David Salmon of his freak accident.


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Salmon and his friends were taking turns on the private slide in the backyard of their vacation rental home when he found himself airborne before crash landing on rough terrain.

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“I’d gone down a few times and it was fast,” he told Fox4. “But this time, I just couldn’t slow down, even threw my arm out, and went right over the edge.”

Salmon suffered a broken arm, fractured ribs and scrapes and bruises on his back.

“After I fell, I was sitting straight up, like, ‘Oh! I can stand up. I can be fine.’ Then my body just couldn’t do anything. It was excruciating,” he said.

Paramedics rescued Salmon, taking him to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

“Just found out I don’t need surgery so that’s good news!” he wrote on Facebook Monday morning.

Salmon said he only posted the video so that his friends “could have a laugh” and know he was all right.

“I’m not one of those people who loves attention. So I don’t want to be famous because of this freak accident.”

The clip has racked up over 2 million views in just a few days.

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