An unnamed woman is lucky to be alive today after her car was crushed by some heavy cargo that fell off a tractor trailer while driving through downtown Miami. The cargo consisted of some big and heavy engines that were apparently a little too tall to fit underneath the freeway overpass.

Video of the news report on ABC News shows the woman's Honda Accord took a direct hit to the driver's seat area from the heavy cargo, but somehow she managed to escape the incident unscathed. The report also says that the woman was driving next to the truck as it went under the overpass, which has no height-clearance signs.

In the video posted below, the woman can be seen laughing with police officers, and while we're sure this is mostly the joy of still being alive, we imagine there may be a hefty lawsuit coming the city's way.


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      550PlusX5
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think that's why I never try to drive right behind a truck/trailer/SUV/big rig, etc... If I have to be in the same lane as such a vehicle, I usually let a bunch of people get in front of me so I can hang back 3-4 car lengths behind. Not to mention, being behind one of these vehicles, a lot of gravel,dirt/rocks gets kicked up and ends up pelting your windshield, front bumper, and hood....On a black new(er) car, that is major suckville when you get a bunch of rock chips.......
        Mondrell
        • 1 Year Ago
        @550PlusX5
        +1. The bigger the vehicle, the greater the collateral damage potential. Riding beside or tailgating an 18-wheeler is all but asking to become a casualty if something goes amiss, which is why I favor a swift pass whenever an opportunity is available.
          Ryth
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mondrell
          I sure wouldn't be following any rig that close going under an overpass or tunnel.. I always hang back to make sure they can clear it...ALWAYS.
        Afrosheenix
        • 1 Year Ago
        @550PlusX5
        Plus the cheap retreads that most semi's use in the US and Mexico are time bombs. The increase of truck traffic thanks to globalization has made interstate highways a mine field of shredded tires.
      Gordon Chen
      • 1 Year Ago
      How did she slide over to the other seat so fast? Jeez
      rjwatsonmotors
      • 1 Year Ago
      How do you "escape certain death"?
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      Amazing survival instinct! I mean...to react and jump like that in a split second is the definition of keeping your guard up at all times. I try to stay from semis as much as I can for variety of reasons, this included! Was she wearing her seatbelt? How did she manage to slide to passenger seat?
        piggybox
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RGT881
        I was thinking about the same question on seat belt when reading the story.
      waetherman
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't think "certain death" means what you think it means.
      RWD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wait a minute, did she slide over as they said, or did she do a quick lean? Because the amount of time it takes to switch seats seems pretty similar to slamming on the brakes or swerving out of the way. She must have been quickly trying to pass, in which case the speed differential would have made it impossible for her to stop in enough distance.
      56Jalopy
      • 1 Year Ago
      The overpass is of legal height it was the truck that was over height. Legal max height for a truck is 13' 6" anything over that requires a permit and in Florida a height clearance survey for the route you are taking. Florida removed most of the clearance markings years ago because they change every time the road gets repaved. I drove a car transporter all over Florida at 14' and never had a problem except when I went the wrong way on Us19 and had to stop and unload my cars in the road to be able to clear a trestle.
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @56Jalopy
        I think nation-wide if an overhead clearance is 16 feet or more, it never needs a marking. Looking at the pile of wreakage, this guy was over 16. No excuse.
      Chris
      • 1 Year Ago
      laughing all the way to the bank.
      RampantFury
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is why im glad i drive a truck: Less chance of getting stuff dropped on me.
      styxmiko
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess the non-functioning krappy honda airbags wouldn't have help her in this situation!
      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank God she didn't buy a Ford Fusion, otherwise the lack of headroom and interior volume wouldn't enable her to go to the passengers side for safety.
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        piggybox
        • 1 Year Ago
        That ratio is useless in this case because it was the cargo weight not the weight of the car itself mattered.
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        Would not have made a difference. She survived and the driver's side was crushed by a huge object.
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