US truck driver saved by steering wheel after steel beam smashes through windscreen

The steering wheel stopped the steel beam inches from Johnnie Lowe's chest.

Johnnie Lowe/DNC LOGISTICS/FACEBOOK

The steering wheel stopped the steel beam inches from Johnnie Lowe’s chest.

An American man has his steering wheel to thank for saving his life after a close call on a Michigan highway.

Johnnie Lowe, 49, was on his way to pick up auto parts for his employer, DNC Logistics, when he saw a steel beam come loose from a flatbed truck in front of him, reports CNN[1].

Seeing the beam bouncing his way, Lowe says he stepped on the brakes and braced for impact before it smashed through the windscreen of his truck.

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The driver is lucky to be alive after this close call.

Johnnie Lowe/DNC LOGISTICS/FACEBOOK

The driver is lucky to be alive after this close call.

Miraculously, his steering wheel got the in the way, stopping the beam inches from his chest and preventing him from being impaled by it.

Lowe says he was covered in glass and could feel his face bleeding, and he was shocked to see the beam “about half a foot from my chest”. 

“I couldn’t believe I was alive,” he told CNN.

He walked away with only a small cut to his cheek.

Police have reportedly been unable to locate the driver of the truck that lost the steel beam.

 

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References

  1. ^ CNN (edition.cnn.com)
  2. ^ Branch punctures windscreen, injuring driver travelling Tauranga Expressway (www.stuff.co.nz)
  3. ^ Mysterious steel beam smashes through windscreen, narrowly misses driver (www.stuff.co.nz)
  4. ^ Victim of Jim Beam bottle attack Caleb Olsen said he was showered in glass (www.stuff.co.nz)

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