Driver cheats death after 10ft plank flies off van and smashes windscreen
June 20, 2020

Driver cheats death after 10ft plank of wood flies off van and smashes windscreen

Wayne Spillett cheated death when a plank of wood flew off a van in front of him and smashed into his windscreen at 70mph.

Wayne Spillett, 47, was on his way to a job interview when the 10ft length of wood came loose on the top of the works van.

Horrifying dashcam footage shows it sailing through the air towards his car and slamming into the windscreen before he has a chance to swerve.

His cry of agony can be heard as he suffered a broken arm but he amazingly escaped more serious injury.

Relieved Wayne, of Immingham, North East Lincs, said – I am so lucky. I could have been killed.

He was driving along the A15, near Barton-upon-Humber, North Lincs., when the near-tragedy happened on June 11.

An ambulance arrived to take him to Grimsby’s Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital.

A plank of wood slammed into windscreen at 70mph
A plank of wood slammed into windscreen at 70mph. Credit: Ben Lack

Wayne said – At the time I was annoyed but after I calmed down and had been treated at the hospital, I realized just how lucky I was to get out of it alive.

I am really shocked looking back. If it had hit lower in the windscreen I could have been killed. I’ve definitely got eight lives left now.

I was on my way to a job interview on the A15 when I noticed a van coming up behind me while I was trying to overtake a car.

I pulled over and let him past, before pulling out and overtaking the car.

Then, I noticed a piece of wood had become loose on the top of the van, and flew off and hit my car.

Thankfully, it hit the corner of the windscreen, but it was still terrifying.

I tried to lift my arm to steer the car and I realized that I couldn’t move it, so I had to use my other arm to steer the car to the side of the road and pull over safely.

“I don’t know if the van driver realized what had happened, but he drove off. I was able to get his information from the dash-cam thankfully.

Police are now trying to trace the van driver.

Mr Spillett suffered a broken arm but he amazingly escaped more serious injury
Mr Spillett suffered a broken arm but he amazingly escaped more serious injury

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