'A miracle': Woman survives metal garden tool through windshield on Highway 20

Sacha Boutros was driving on Highway 20 this week after work when a metal garden edger flew through her windshield.

It was around 4:50 p.m. and she was driving in the left lane of the highway.

She said the edger came out of nowhere, giving her no time to react.

“I didn’t see anything coming, I heard a really large bang and it just took me a few seconds to realize what was going on,” Boutros told CBC News.

The driver in front of her pulled over to the shoulder and she followed him.

“When I parked I went into shock. My body started to react to it,” she said.

After parking, the man who was driving ahead of her got out of his car and tried to calm her down. 

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Boutros said the edger was kicked up from the highway when the vehicle in front of her drove over it. (Submitted by Sacha Boutros)

He had driven over the edger and it was kicked backwards into her car.

Boutros considers it a miracle that nothing worse happened to her than the minor injuries caused by the shattered glass of her windshield.

Firefighters and police arrived at the scene and her car was towed. She says she now has to pay her insurance deductible to get the windshield replaced.

She doesn’t know how long the edger had been on the highway and has filed a claim with the SAAQ.

For now, she said she’s counting her blessings that it wasn’t worse for her.

“I’m hugging everyone I know a little bit tighter,” she said.    

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