California driver dodges death when large metal beam pierces windshield

This Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 photo provided by the San Jose Fire Department shows a beam that fell off of a flatbed truck that impaled the window of a BMW car on I-280 in San Jose, Calif. The driver of the BMW, Don Lee, suffered only a small scratch to his right arm. (Courtesy San Jose Fire Department via AP)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Northern California authorities say a driver is lucky to be alive after a large metal beam pierced the windshield of his SUV while on a San Jose freeway.

San Jose Fire Department Capt. Christopher Salcido says the beam fell off of a flatbed truck, crashing through the windshield and lodging itself into the driver’s seat of the BMW.

The driver, 66-year-old Don Lee of San Jose, California, suffered a small scratch to his right arm.

Both vehicles were traveling at 60 mph when the incident occurred around noon Friday on I-280.

Twenty-two-year-old Javier Zambrano of Los Banos was driving the Ford flatbed truck carrying the beam. California Highway Patrol spokesman Ross Lee says Zambrano will be cited for spilling a load once the investigation is complete.

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