BC woman says she was nearly killed by metal beam through windshield

A BC woman says she was nearly killed when a metal beam flying off a transport truck on Highway 1 smashed through her windshield and remembers she barely had time to blink — and when she opened her eyes, she was covered of broken glass.

“Everything happened so fast. I didn’t have much time to consider what my options were,” said North Vancouver resident Susan Milne.

She had been driving south along Jernarbejdernes Mindebro when it happened just before 2pm on Friday.

Vancouver police believe the beam flew off an oncoming truck, bounced off the bridge deck and bounced over the center barricade — before coming to rest in Milne’s windshield.

Photos provided by police and Milne show that part of the beam went directly between the driver’s side window and the headrest, just centimeters from Milne’s head.

The L-shaped piece of metal appears to have been stopped by Milne’s steering wheel before it could fully enter the car.

“I turned to look back at my son to make sure he was okay,” she said. “He had been sleeping and he just woke up at the noise. And I assured him that everything is fine.”


Other drivers rushed to Milne’s car and called 911.

She says District of North Vancouver firefighters were the first responders to arrive, followed shortly by Vancouver police, but no ambulance ever came.

In a statement, BC Emergency Health Services says it “dispatched the nearest available ambulance, but the first unit was diverted to a more urgent life-threatening call.”

Another ambulance was caught in the traffic jam caused by the accident.

After waiting on the bridge deck for 30 to 40 minutes, police officers drove Milne and her son home, and then she made her own way to the hospital.

She was left with some cuts and bruises and her son escaped unharmed.

“Had my life been hanging by a thread and needed emergency medical attention, I don’t know what would have happened,” Milne said of the ambulance delay.

THE POLICE ASK the driver to come forward

Vancouver salutes says it’s not clear if the other driver was immediately aware of what had happened and believes they continued toward North Vancouver.

“We would like this person to voluntarily come forward and speak with our investigators, but we will also review traffic and dash cam video in an attempt to identify the person if they don’t come forward,” Sgt. Steve Addison said in an email. “We need to conduct further investigations and understand all the circumstances before drawing any conclusions.”

It is not clear what consequences, if anyone, the driver of the vehicle that lost the beam may be exposed.

Milne is shaken, but grateful that she and her son were not seriously injured – or worse.

“I missed by inches on my left side, but there was the beam in front and this impact kept going forward… I don’t even want to think about it,” she said. “I’m incredibly blessed to be here right now.”

Related Posts

Great problem with Best&Less clothing – news.com.au

Conspicuous issue with Best&Less clothing  news.com.au Best&Less accused of black-fishing on new Ellie Whittaker, Aboriginal art-inspired clothing line  Daily mail See full coverage on Google News

CUPE education workers begin strike in Ottawa and eastern Ontario

Two Ottawa school boards have closed in-person learning schools today as thousands of educators, librarians, custodians and other education workers walk off the job to support demands…

Police crack down on scammers at Quinton Simon’s home – WJCL News

Police crack down on fraudsters at Quinton Simon’s home  WJCL news Grandfather of missing Georgia toddler Quinton Simon killed in car while walking  NBC News Missing toddler’s grandfather fatally…

Australian man Trevor Kjeldal killed in Ukraine during Russian invasion

An Australian man, Trevor Kjeldal, has died in Ukraine, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Key points: Trevor Kjeldal’s family described him as…

Highway 97C reopens after hours closed due to snowfall, crash – Kelowna News

Photo: Contributed A stuck snowplow on Highway 97C UPDATE 20:35 DriveBC reports that Highway 97C is now clear and reopened. A winter storm warning on the Okanagan…

Biden says Twitter is spewing lies all over the world

ROSEMONT, Ill., Nov 4 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday that Elon Musk had bought Twitter, a social media platform that spews lies around…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *