Steering wheel saves driver after steel beam crashes through windshield

A suburban Detroit man has the steering wheel of his box truck to thank for stopping a steel beam that came loose from a flatbed truck and impaled the windshield of his vehicle, shattering the glass and stopping mere inches from his chest.

Johnnie Lowe, 49, was driving the truck on Interstate 96 to Lansing on Thursday to pick up auto parts for his employer, DNC Logistics. As a flatbed ahead of him was moving into the fast lane, he said he saw something slide off the back. He then watched a 6-foot steel beam bounce off the truck’s tail end, do somersaults off the freeway pavement and close in on him.

“My life flashed before my eyes,” Lowe told the Detroit Free Press.

Lowe had the cruise control set at 65 mph when the incident happened. He said he applied the brakes, figuring in that split second that slowing down might mitigate the impact.

The windshield exploded and he heard…


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