Woman lucky to be alive after wooden stake smashed into her windscreen

‘I just closed my eyes and held on’: Wooden stake smashes through windscreen and misses woman’s head by centimetres as she drives at 100kmh on a busy highway

  • Brazilian national Bianca Garcia Camargo is lucky to be alive after accident 
  • She was driving along the M1 between Brisbane and the Gold Coast on April 30 
  • A large wooden stake came loose  from a truck travelling in front of her 
  • It smashed through her windscreen as she drove at speeds of 100km/h  

A Brazilian woman said she was lucky to be alive after a wooden stake smashed through her windscreen and missed her by 60cm as she travelled at 100km/h. 

Bianca Garcia Camargo was driving along the M1 Highway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast on April 30 when a huge wooden stake came loose from a truck which was in front of her. 

She said her initial reaction when she was the wooden stake come loose was ‘surprise’ and said it happened so fast she barely had any time to react, 7 News reported. 

Bianca Garcia Camargo was driving along the M1 Highway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast on April 30 when a huge wooden stake came loose from a truck which was in front of her. 

Ms Camargo said she was lucky to be alive after a wooden stake smashed through her windscreen and missed her by 60cm as she travelled at 100km/h

‘I quickly look to both of my sides to see if I would be able to divert from this massive and dangerous piece of wood, but I saw that if I moved my car rapidly I would certainly hit other cars at the same speed and would cause a massive incident,’ she said.

She kept her calm and knew she couldn’t swerve as the wooden stake smashed into the ground in front of her car and split in half.  

One half of the stake then bounced up and smashed through her windscreen in a terrifying sequence of events. 

One half of the stake bounced up and smashed through her windscreen in a terrifying sequence of events.

‘I just remember closing my eyes and holding the steering wheel tightly for a couple of seconds, expecting that the wood would cross my heart or my face as a massive arrow,’ she said. 

‘Thousandths of a second later I realised that I was still alive and then I checked my body with one of my hands to ensure that the wood or smashed glass had not reached my body.’ 

The stake and smashed glass miraculously left Miss Camargo unscathed. It had wedged itself between the driver and passenger seat of her car.

The stake and smashed glass miraculously left Miss Camargo without a scratch, the stake had wedged itself between the driver and passenger seat of her car

The truck driver had no idea what had happened and continued to drive and Miss Carmargo decided to keep driving after him, winding down her windows to try and get other drivers to flag him down too.

Another women managed to over take the truck and alert him to what had happened and he stopped his truck.  

Queensland Police said they did not receive any official reports about the accident, but the company which owns the truck, Ocean Trailers and Marine, were alerted.

Co-owner Warren Wink said an incident of this kind had not occurred for in 18 years and that it was caused by their new employee not checking his load properly. 

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