SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah woman survived a close call Monday when a long metal beam flew off the back of a truck, impaling her windshield.
"It was really just split seconds. I don't even know how I was able to keep control of the car, to tell you the truth. I don't know, I mean it was just a miracle really. I mean, that's the only way I can explain it," said Nicci Sanders, who was driving her usual route on I-15 near Clearfield on her way to work.
The object arrived with "an explosion of glass," she recalled.
There was nothing she could've done to prevent it.
"I was both hands on the wheel and was completely aware of my surroundings," Sanders explained Tuesday in an interview with the Deseret News.
When she saw the beam flying her way, she swerved as far to the left as she could without falling into the median before the beam crashed into her windshield, missing her by mere inches.
"If I had been doing anything differently, I would have been dead," according to Sanders.
Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Chris Jones, who responded to the incident, agreed.
"Her actions are probably what helped save her," he said.
The piece of metal flew off a roofing company's boom truck, which is a type of craning and transport unit. UHP Sgt. Nick Street said the roofing company was cooperating with troopers, who gave the company a citation for the flying debris.
The driver likely didn't notice it, Jones said.
"We don't get a lot of calls for items this heavy or this large that can cause this much damage," he explained.
But debris-related crashes are common, with at least 700 of them in Utah last year, according to Jones.