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Drive shaft smashes woman's windshield on Beltline

Posted January 26, 2010

— A woman driving on the Interstate 440 Beltline escaped injury Tuesday morning after a truck drive shaft smashed through her windshield.

Marie Chang was eastbound on the Beltline near Jones Franklin Road at about 10 a.m. when the drive shaft of the cement truck in front of her flew off and went through her windshield, narrowly missing her.

"I could imagine myself being killed right then and there," a shaken Chang said after the incident. "Glass was all over, and I think it was definitely the protection of God."

The incident didn't delay highway traffic.


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  • nancimae2 Jan 26, 2010

    I believe in guardian angels. Hers was with her.

  • finder74698 Jan 26, 2010

    Things like this happen. I was following behind a roofer's work truck on the beltline when a ladder flew off and was heading right toward me. He was pulling a trailer that I guess produces hot tar and it had a smoke stack on it. Luckily, the ladder caught the smoke stack before finding its way to my windshield. I've also had a car come off of a rollback wrecker before because the operator didn't secure the car appropriately. The car was bouncing prior to coming off, so I had increased my following distance significantly. In my hometown, a mother of two was killed on a two-lane state road when a truck that she was meeting in the opposite lane lost its trailer and the tongue of the trailer smashed directly through the windshield in front of her.

  • dugmeister Jan 26, 2010

    dookie4life - I thought the same thing when reading the story.

  • jrfergerson Jan 26, 2010

    Lady, I would be finding out what God's plan for my life is and start serving Him more to achieve that plan. He definately took care of you as one of His children. God bless

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 26, 2010

    Capitals Fan, please don't get those freaks started.

  • Capitals Fan Jan 26, 2010

    I am shocked that haggis or ptah hasn't made a comment yet like, "if God really cared, why did He allow the truck to lose the drive shaft in the first place?"

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Jan 26, 2010

    I'd have to get a good cleaning of the driver's seat....

  • dookie4life Jan 26, 2010

    "Final Destination" comes to mind.

  • IBleedRedandWhite Jan 26, 2010

    Looking at the windshield it appears that the driveshaft went straight in. She is lucky it didn't bounce and turn lengthwise and smash across her windshield. The headline would have probably been very different. There actually is a tipping point. If you are tailgating (which is illegal in NC to do to big trucks) the likelyhood of a driveshaft having time to bounce up and into a windhsield is less. However, if you are following at the recommended distance, the risk is increased that the driveshaft will hit something in the road and start to bounce up into the air (example of an onside kick in football). Either way, it is going to mess up your car pretty good. Thankfully, someone upstairs was watching out for her and she was able to come away from this.

  • Caveman93 Jan 26, 2010

    No money...no maintanence = drive shaft in your face?