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M60 driver cheats death as metal pole smashes through car windscreen
A DRIVER cheated death by inches after a two-foot metal pole smashed through the windscreen of his car on the motorway.
Security manager Mel Burke was travelling on the M60 at Barton Bridge when the vehicle in front of him clipped a steel stake, catapulting it into his windscreen and coming to a halt in front of his face.
Mr Burke, aged 46, a former semi-professional footballer, escaped unharmed – but believes if he had been going any faster than his 50 mph speed the shard of metal would have speared him.
He said: “I noticed a vehicle ahead of me swerve to avoid something on the road.
“The lorry in front of me swerved too but did not manage to miss it and his tyre kicked it into the air – shooting this metal spike through the windscreen.
“It stopped half way towards me but I am certain if I was travelling any faster it would have gone straight through me.
“I did not think about it at the time – I just drove back to the office and was probably still in shock. Now I have let what has happened sink in, I can’t believe how lucky I have been. That stake was coming right for my head.”
Mr Burke, of Egerton Road, Whitefield, was travelling to Birkenhead in a company van owned by Aarhus Fire Protection and Security on Moss Lane, Whitefield.
There was no hard shoulder on the stretch of motorway he was travelling on, so after the incident occurred he drove back to the office to show his colleagues the damage, and reported the incident to the Highways Agency.
Mr Burke, who thinks the piece of metal could have been the leg or side of a triangular temporary road sign, said staff at Aarhus were also stunned by his near-death experience.
He added: “I have seen a similar thing happen in a horror film – only in that instance the character was not so lucky.
“Aside from being sprayed with glass, I am totally fine and have no injuries whatsoever.
“Had it come completely through the windscreen and hit me, I definitely would not be here today.”
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