Friday 17 August 2018

Driver lucky to be alive after metal bar smashes through his windscreen

The damage done to Jason Pickett’s car by the metal bar. Photos: RTÉ ‘Liveline’
The damage done to Jason Pickett’s car by the metal bar. Photos: RTÉ ‘Liveline’

A driver claims he could have been killed after a "metal bullet" smashed through his windscreen on the M50.

Jason Pickett was driving on Dublin's M50 near Ballymun on Thursday when the object flew through his windscreen. "I was heading southbound on the M50. It was a nice, clear day. I had my sun visor down in the car and I was wearing sunglasses because of the sun. The traffic was quite light and all of a sudden my windscreen shatters in front of me. I was bewildered because there didn't seem to be any accidents. I didn't know what had happened," Jason told RTÉ's 'Liveline' programme.

"I managed to pull my car off the motorway up onto the hard shoulder of the M50. I'm sitting there looking at the glass all around me and all around the car and a gaping hole in my windscreen. There didn't seem to be any more cars involved. The traffic had continued to move on the motorway.

"I had noticed that there was a car transporter directly in front of me on the motorway which had pulled onto the off-ramp at Ballymun but then had subsequently pulled back onto the motorway."

The damage done to Jason Pickett’s car by the metal bar. Photos: RTÉ ‘Liveline’
The damage done to Jason Pickett’s car by the metal bar. Photos: RTÉ ‘Liveline’

Jason said he had no idea what happened until he saw the piece of metal in his car.

"I saw the piece of metal about one metre long. It's about three inches wide and an inch thick. It was like a spear. It had gone into my back seat and lodged between the two back seats. It would have been life-changing or life-ending if it had hit me. The size and weight of it, I can't imagine the damage it would have done. It would have been catastrophic."

Jason said the piece of metal hit his car bonnet, before smashing through his windscreen.

Irish Independent

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