Woman survives crash as dozens of poles pierce through windshield

Woman survives crash as dozens of poles pierce through windshield
Photo courtesy: Washington State Patrol
DEMING, Wash. -- Troopers say a woman is lucky to be alive after dozens of long poles impaled her car during a crash near Deming.

A couple in a station wagon was pulling trailer full of 27-foot long "Tipi poles" along the Mount Baker Highway around 9:45 Tuesday when they slowed for dump truck turning by Everson Goshen Road, said Trooper Keith Leary.

However, a woman driving a Toyota Camry behind the trailer didn't slow and crashed into the back of the trailer, sending dozens of the poles through her windshield and out the rear window. Leary says the rear view mirror of the Camry was impaled on the end of the poles.

The driver of the Camry was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Bellingham with various injuries but amazingly, none are considered life-threatening.

Troopers are still trying to figure out why the Camry driver didn't stop. The driver of the station wagon says he was only going 25 mph at the time of the crash.

Leary says at this point, the Camry driver tells them she doesn't remember anything.