A Georgia driver miraculously survived a harrowing crash after their car’s windshield was pierced by logs.
In an Oct. 11 Facebook post shared almost 20,000 times, the Whitfield County Fire Department shared photos of the shocking incident that by any measure should’ve left the driver dead.
“Advanced Extrication on Cleveland Hwy this morning,” the department captioned the series of photos. “Great job guys! Patient had only minor injuries.”
It appears that the car slammed into the back of a logging truck while driving down Cleveland Highway. In the photos, the logs can be seen piercing through the windshield, taking out the driver’s seat and reaching all the way to the back window.
The crash photos have take the internet by storm, with many expressing their shock that the person survived.
“The guy despite Injuries is VERY Blessed! My uncle died due to wood impact and it isn’t something you’d want to see,” one Facebook user commented.
“My husband drove by this this morning and was very shook up by this sight,” another person wrote, while one said: “How in heck did they have only minor injuries? That’s crazy! But wonderful news!”
According to a 2018 study published in the International Journal of Forest Engineering, there was a 41 per cent increase in fatal crashes involving log trucks between 2011 and 2015 in the United States.
Canadian logging trucks face similar dangers.
In January, a contractor working on J.D. Irving, Ltd. land in northern New Brunswick died after his logging truck left a road about 40 kilometres from Saint-Leonard in Madawaska County.
Irving spokeswoman Mary Keith said emergency services were called to the scene but that the driver, an employee of an independent contractor, died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.
In the summer, a logging truck flipped onto its side on the 2400 block of Highway 6 in British Columbia.
No serious injuries were reported, but a significant detour was in place, causing major delays.
As for this Georgia accident, the driver’s name and age have not been publicly identified.
—With files from Associated Press and Canadian Press