Freak accident almost impales driver

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Freak Accident Almost Impales Driver

BOSTON (WCVB) -- A car was struck by a piece of wood that fell from an underpass and nearly injured a driver Tuesday.

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The two by four shattered the windshield of the car as Nancy Shapiro was on her way to the Symphony.

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Shapiro was driving eastbound in the Huntington Avenue underpass by Massachusetts Ave. The 18 wheeler truck brushed a loose netting of the underpass, causing the object to fall on the car.

"I don't remember anything other than seeing it -- hearing something and seeing it. I wasn't scared until now and AAA is coming to tow my car," she said.

The piece of wood pierced the windshield, six inches away from striking Shapiro.

The truck driver told police he did not hear his truck hit any of the construction materials in the ceiling of the underpass.

The incident shut down both ways of the road for several hours. The roads reopened just after 10 p.m.

Police said the driver is lucky to be alive.

The underpass was closed both ways as crews inspected the scene.

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