A driver is lucky to be alive after a piece of metal flew through the windshield of his truck, hitting him in the head on the New York State Thruway.

Miraculously, after being hit, the driver was able to maintain control of his truck, and pull over to the side of the highway. The East Syracuse Fire Department says the driver was conscious and breathing when firefighters arrived on the scene. He was taken to Upstate University Hospital Trauma Center by EAVES Ambulance.

Photo Credit - East Syracuse Fire Department via Facebook
Photo Credit - East Syracuse Fire Department via Facebook

The truck driver said there was a flatbed tractor trailer in front of him that was carrying junk cars when the accident happened.

The accident occurred Thursday, February 25 near mile marker 279 in the westbound lanes of the Thruway.

New York State Police are investigating the crash.

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Trooper Saves Wheelchair Bound Woman in Fire

Their job is to protect and serve, and one New York State Trooper went above and beyond to save a woman trapped in a burning home.

Trooper Joseph Butler Jr. responded to the blaze at a home on State Route 16 in Machias, New York. Inside there was a wheel chair bound woman trapped in the flames. The Trooper forced his way into the home, but thick smoke prevented him from making visual contact with the woman. Not panicking in a very dangerous situation, he was able to find her by listening to her calls for help.

Once outside, the home became engulfed in flames. Trooper Butler was able to push her to safety where she could seek medical attention.

"Trooper Butler's selfless act to enter the home no doubt saved the woman's life," said the New York State Police.

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