• Apr 5, 2011
Wendy Cobb NBC Today Show interview – Click above to watch video after the jump

The driver who very nearly filmed her own death has been interviewed by NBC's Today Show after video of her shocking road debris accident went viral. Wendy Cobb of Shelby, North Carolina was driving on April 1 when the accident happened.

Cobb says she was using her cameraphone to film two trucks who were holding up traffic so she could report the incident. As Cobb turned her phone toward the road in front of her, the truck and trailer in front of her kicked up a 2x4 lying in the road that shattered the windshield of her Kia Sedona minivan and very nearly impaled her. Luckily, Ms. Cobb's children weren't with her when the accident happened, or the results may have been far more tragic. According Cobb, the only injury she received was a tiny glass cut. Damage to her car was limited to the hood and windshield.

Cobb says she hasn't watched the video since the day of the accident, but has received plenty of emails from people who still think it was an April Fool's prank – check out the video after the jump. Thanks for the tip, Adam!

[Source: NBC]

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      • 3 Years Ago
      driver's tests indicate a minimum 3 second gap behind the car in front of you. I wish they would have asked her why she wasn't doing that.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Around here (Northern California) if you leave a gap that large someone else will just jump in it and you won't have a 3 second buffer anymore. You have to find a distance large enough to get some safety but not so large that someone else jumps in there and reduces your safety again.

        When I first moved here, I had trouble adapting to following that close, but I just had to.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hate drivers from NC. They do this all the time and still manage to get into ridiculous accidents. Not only are their driving skills terrible but the road laws suck. The person making a u-turn has to yield? They drive under the speed limit and still manage to get into serious accidents. Within a year and a half three people were killed within 200 feet around 49 and Carrowinds where I used to live. Where I'm from they would've tailgated close enough to where they would've also drove over the plank. The cops would've pulled them over for their actions. I hate the drivers here.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Luckily, Ms. Cobb's children weren't with her when the accident happened, or the results may have been far more tragic."

      How would having kids in the car affect the projectile's speed or trajectory?
        • 3 Years Ago
        lmfao ! Brilliant !
        • 3 Years Ago
        It might as well read: "Luckily, a swarm of killer bees didn't fly in the gaping hole, or the results may have been far more tragic."
        • 3 Years Ago
        look at the picture, stick would probably hit the passenger in the head or in the chest.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, it's like a heat-seeking missle!

      I think that there are very few (if any at all) situations where it's OK to film while driving. This is not one of them. But still, glad she's OK.
      • 3 Years Ago
      My friends grandpa was hospitalized by one of these highway reflectors. It stuck him right in the leg when he was changing a flat tire on his car right next to the highway.

      A quick google search found a nice picture and story of a similiar story to his.

      http://nebraska.watchdog.org/3801/exclusive-road-safety-backfires-state-set-to-pay-1-5-million/

      • 3 Years Ago
      Why would it be more tragic if her kids were with her? WTF

      Does all plywood have some kid-seeking compound in it that would've made the outcome any different?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Plywood only seeks out kids if it's made of "molester-maple" or "pervert-poplar."
      • 3 Years Ago
      She was videoing to tattle on other drivers and a 2x4 came through her window. I call it karma.
        • 3 Years Ago
        actually you could call that CARma! ::hides from the incoming downvotes::
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sliced her jugular clean open....oh thats just he necklace.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know about North Carolina, but the state prosecutor here in Oregon would have thrown the book at her.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of course, now that the video has gone "viral" and made the news, the original YouTube version has been pulled...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why the heck didn't the driver scream?!
        • 3 Years Ago
        She was probably too busy trying to open a can of beer or lighting a cigarette or pipe.
        • 3 Years Ago
        She's a terminator, a cybernetic organism: living tissue over metal endoskeleton. That's the only plausible explanation... cause I would have shrieked like a little girl at a Bieber concert.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Perhaps she was stunned.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Construction crew dropped a 4x4 post off the bridge as I drove under it and it went through my windshield in similar fashion but I didn't get national press coverage!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Cause you didn't put it on Youtube, of coarse!
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