Motorist reveals how she was just 'inches from death'

Motorist reveals how she was just ‘inches from death’ after steel pole fell off lorry and smashed through her windscreen while driving on M6

  • Natalie Lavell said she was almost killed during her journey on Monday morning 
  • She was driving on the M6 near Martinscroft, Cheshire, when almost killed 
  • Photos shared on social media show the thick metal bar piercing the glass 

A shaken driver was inches away from being impaled by a steel pole which crashed through her windscreen after falling from a lorry.

Natalie Lavell said she was almost killed during her journey on the M6 near Martinscroft, Cheshire, on Monday morning.

Terrifying photos shared on social media show the thick metal bar piercing the glass and lodging between the two front seats.

She said: ‘A few inches to the right and I could have been seriously injured or killed.’

A shaken driver was inches away from being impaled by a steel pole which crashed through her windscreen after falling from a lorry (pictured) 

Terrifying photos shared on social media show the thick metal bar piercing the glass and lodging between the two front seats

Ms Lavell said the steel pole flashed through her windscreen ‘out of nowhere’ as she was approaching the Thelwall Viaduct at around 6.30am. 

Her images lay bare the force with which the bar crunched through the window and show shards of glass sprayed on to the seat.

The pole itself is seen wedged in the windscreen and the end is jammed in the footwell to the left of the driver’s seat. 

Ms Lavell added: ‘Luckily I managed to get over to the hard shoulder without causing any accidents but due to the shock and not understanding what was happening I didn’t see the registration of the wagon.’    

‘Were there any witnesses to this as so far the police have said there’s nothing they can do as the driver drove off and the cameras aren’t good enough to pick up accidents.


 Her images lay bare the force with which the bar crunched through the window and show shards of glass sprayed on to the seat

The pole itself is seen wedged in the windscreen and the end is jammed in the footwell to the left of the driver’s seat

‘This driver could make the same mistake again and potentially kill someone.’

Social media users have expressed their shock at the pictures Natalie posted.

Jenny Monaghan said: ‘Bloody hell that’s awful hope you are okay love take care and hope they find out for you.’

Suzanne Wieczorek posted: ‘Wow! Nat, someone was looking out for you today! So glad you are okay.’

And Marie Bradley commented: ‘oh my god Natalie that’s so scary. I hope you get your answers and please look after yourself, sending you the biggest hug.’ 

Greater Manchester Police has been approached for comment.  

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