A Massachusetts woman woman says she's "lucky to be alive" after a huge chunk of metal came crashing through her driver's side windshield while she was driving home from work Thursday on I-495 South.
Darlene Dundas of Westford says she can't believe she walked away from the incident without a scratch.
"All of a sudden I saw this thing coming at me, right through the air, not even from the ground," Dundas said. "At first, I thought it was cardboard, it was brown, but the closer I got, I realized it was metal and there was nothing you could do."
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Dundas works in Lawrence. She says she was right near her Westford exit when it happened.
She was covered in glass.
"There was a dump truck a couple of cars in front of me, that was fully loaded," she said. "I don't really know if it was from that."
She says Massachusetts State Police were even surprised she didn't get hurt.
"The state police think it was something from someone's tire pulling it up off the road, and then coming at me," she said.
Dundas says she pulled off the highway and called 911. She did not crash and held her composure.
Now, looking at the chunk of metal lodged in the driver's side portion of the window gives her chills.
"I get shook up, very shook up, jittery, just glad everything came out okay, and I didn't get hurt and I didn't crack up, or hurt anyone else," said Dundas.
She's also fortunate, there was traffic and that she was driving under the speed limit, about 60 miles per hour at the time.
"I know if it has gone through it would have probably hit me in the face and the speed it was coming at, I think it would have killed me, I really do," she said.
Dundas will now get her windshield replaced and drive to work Friday with her sister's vehicle which she's borrowing.