Steering wheel saves box truck driver from deadly steel beam

A Michigan box truck driver is lucky to be alive after a crash sent a steel beam crashing through his windshield last week.

The incident happened on February 6 as 49 year old Johnnie Lowe was driving a box truck on I-96 in Williamston, Michigan.

As Lowe was traveling in the westbound lanes of the interstate, he says that he watched as a steel beam fell off of a flatbed truck ahead of him, bounce off the roadway, and crash through his windshield.

Lowe told the Detroit News, “I thought it was just going to hit the front of the truck. But it climbed up the grille, rolled up the hood and shot through the windshield.”

Lowe kept one hand on the steering wheel, using the other to protect his body, as he braked and guided the box truck to the shoulder.

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Lowe said that the dashboard and steering wheel had stopped the steel beam just inches from his body. He suffered only minor injuries and did not need medical attention.