SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A driver in San Jose should be thanking his lucky stars Friday evening following a freeway crash that could have been fatal, but somehow wasn’t.

The image is of a black BMW with what appears to be a metal beam impaled into the front windshield.

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Firefighters said a metal tray loader flew off the back of a truck and lodged right between the two front seats barely missing the driver, who somehow managed to steer his car to the shoulder. He walked away with a scratch to his arm.

An image tweeted by San Jose Firefighters Local 230 simply read:

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“Reminder Always be alert to your surroundings. Solo driver SB280 escaped with only a scratch.”

The accident happened around noon on southbound Interstate 280 near the Saratoga exit.

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BMW Being Towed

A BMW driver narrowly avoided being hit by a metal tray loader that impaled his car on I-280.