Metal beam crashes through windshield on Utah highway

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- A woman in Utah had a brush with death this week when a huge metal beam came crashing through her windshield as she drove down the road.

"I saw it in the sky," said Nicci Sanders.

Life has a way of throwing things at us, often when we least expect it.

"I drive it all the time and you kind of go into autopilot," Sanders said.

While driving her usual route, when a five foot long metal beam came flying toward Sanders as she sat in the driver seat reported KSL.

"An explosion of glass. I just can't believe that I'm alive," Sanders said. "I was both hands on the wheel and was completely aware of my surroundings."

She swerved as far as she could to the left without falling into the median as the beam crashed through her front windshield, barely missing her.

"If I had been doing anything different I'd be dead," Sanders said.

"Her actions are probably what helped save her," said Utah Highway Patrol Corporal Chris Jones.

Jones said the metal piece fell off of a boom truck.

The truck driver kept going, apparently unaware of the damage left behind according to officials.

"We don't get a lot of calls for items this heavy or this large that can cause this much damage," Jones said, also adding that debris-related crashes are not uncommon.

Just last year UHP said there were nearly 700 such crashes reported.

"I just think we get so lazy with things and on autopilot, and in a hurry and we just don't pay attention to that," Sanders said.

In Sanders' case, paying attention during one of life's critical moment may have been the difference between life and death.

"I would have died. I mean it was a miracle," Sanders said.

Utah Highway Patrol located the truck company and issued the driver a citation.