Why you shouldn’t text while driving: Guard rail completely skewers car after ‘distracted’ driver loses control – yet miraculously walks away with just minor injuries
- Unnamed driver escaped with their life after taking their eyes off the road in Menomonee Falls, outside of Milwaukee
- Metal rail smashed right through the windshield and out of the back of the car
- But the driver miraculously walked away with only minor injuries
- Menomonee Police warn that ‘distracted driving can end lives’ and urged people to leave cellphones alone
A texting driver narrowly escaped with their life after taking their eyes off the road and smashing into a metal guard rail which skewered completely through their car on a road in Wisconsin.
The driver of the black Nissan Versa, who has not been named by police, was in Menomonee Falls, outside of Milwaukee, when they started texting behind the wheel on Thursday afternoon.
The car veered off Lilly Road, just north of Good Hope Road, and into the guard rail which smashed through the windshield, narrowly missing the driver before bursting through the rear window.
Miraculously, the driver, who was travelling alone, suffered only minor, non-life threatening injuries.
The driver was ‘distracted’ by texting on their cellphone when they veered off Lilly Road Menomonee Falls, outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The guard rail crashed through the windscreen before skewering the body of the car- but miraculously left the driver with only minor injuries
Menomonee Falls Fire Department extricated the driver who was taken to Froedtert Hospital with non-life threatening injuries
‘This is a consequence of checking a cellphone while driving,’ The Menomonee Falls Police Department tweeted, as they released pictures of the horror crash.
‘Distracted driving can end lives,’ the tweet continued, ‘please focus on the road and drive safely.’
Menomonee Falls Police Department tweeted photos of the mangled Nissan Versa which was skewered by the metal guard rail.
Which states haven’t banned texting whilst driving?
Whilst 41 states have laws that make texting whilst driving illegal, there are nine that don’t or have limited bans.
Arizona and Montana – No state ban
Florida – Drivers can be punished if legally pulled over for another crime.
Missouri – Drivers who are 21 or younger are banned.
New Mexico, Oklahoma and Mississippi – Drivers with a learner’s permit are banned.
Texas – Drivers can text unless in a school zone.
West Virginia – No statewide ban, but drivers 18 and younger are banned from texting while driving.
The crash took place at 12:50pm according to The Menomonee Falls Fire Department (MFFD).
‘The MFFD personnel observed a single vehicle on the side of the roadway with a guard rail entering through the windshield, extending through the passenger compartment and exiting the rear hatch,’ deputy fire chief Donald Umhoefer told The Journal Sentinel.
Fire fighters used specialist equipment to cut the driver out before they were taken to Froedtert Hospital, in Milwaukee, with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.
The police department later tweeted that the driver escaped with only a minor injuries.
The fire department encouraged anyone operating a motor vehicle to minimize all distractions, including cellphone use.
Menomonee Falls Fire Chief Gerard Washington told the Journal Sentinel on Friday evening that ‘no text or phone call is worth you getting injured or killed. Nor is it worth you injuring or killing someone.’
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