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Driver and Child 'Lucky To Be Alive' After Log Flies Through Windshield and Misses Them Both

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If you’re the worrying sort, you see the world through potential-problem-tinted glasses. You probably check the stove top several times before you leave the house to make sure it’s actually turned off.

You can’t fall asleep because you can’t quite remember if you locked the door or not.

If you have kids, that worry gets multiplied. There’s really not much you can do to prepare for the unknown other than try not to overthink things (easier said than done) and stay aware of your surroundings.

But sometimes even that’s not enough.

In what would be many people’s worst nightmare, a piece of plywood flew off the back of a pickup truck in Florida and sliced neatly through the windshield of the car behind it, according to Florida Today.

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Amazingly, the driver only had minor injuries and was able to walk away without assistance.

The photos of the accident are alarming, and it’s hard to see how the driver avoided instant death — but it was clearly not 35-year-old Rebecca Burgman’s time to go.

On Tuesday, another harrowing accident took place in Louisiana, according to KXAN. While the plywood accident was deemed to be the truck driver’s fault for failing to secure the wood properly, this case is a little different.

Have you ever witnessed a horrible incident like this?

There was a semi-truck with a load of rough logs stopped at a red light. In the photo, you can see that the longest log does have the required warning flag to alert drivers to the danger.

The driver of a black Jeep that pulled up behind the truck, however, either didn’t see the log or did not stop in time. Whatever the issue, the result was the same: the log crashed right through the windshield and the back window, skewering the car.

There were two people in the car, a woman and a 1-year-old child.

Fortunately, both of them were unharmed. According to Your Central Valley news, police said the driver was “lucky to be alive.”

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The child was in a back seat, and the woman ducked out of the way as the log hit her windshield.

Many are speculating that distracted driving factored in somehow. It’s easy to see how some kind of momentary lapse — or something as simple as impaired vision — could have been at play.

Many people avoid driving behind trucks carrying poles, pipes, rebar, wood beams, and logs for this very reason.

Even though no one was hurt, the crash is still being investigated, and this instance will certainly stick in people’s minds.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Animals, Cooking