AsiaWire / Shaoxing traffic police
This is the moment a Mercedes-Benz driver “nearly dies” when a three-foot metal bar impales his car windscreen on a motorway.
Merc owner Mr Zhang called local authorities for help after the accident happened on the Ningbo-Jinhua Expressway over the city of Shaoxing in East China’s Zhejiang Province.
Dashcam footage shared with Asia Wire by local traffic police shows Mr Zhang driving behind a black saloon car on the motorway when the rusty metal bar suddenly flies into the air and crashes into his windscreen on 26th March.
Images taken in the aftermath of the incident show the Merc windscreen cracked, with the 1-metre (3-foot) metal object jutting out and almost half of it inside the vehicle near the driver’s seat.
Mr Zhang was told to stop at the nearby Changle Toll Station, where he was met by Shaoxing police.
Mr Zhang said: “The metal bar – over a metre long – impaled my windscreen and missed my head by about 3 centimetres (1.2 inches).
“I nearly died.”
Local authorities said the metal bar most likely fell off the back of a lorry’s rear bumper.
It was then driven over by the black saloon car ahead of Mr Zhang, flying into his windscreen at speed afterwards.
Shaoxing police said they were still investigating the incident and did not say whether they had managed to track down the lorry in question.
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