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Driver has a lot to be thankful for after a pole smashed through her windshield

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As tens of millions of people are traveling for Thanksgiving this week, one traveler says she almost did not make it home.

Melissa Corbin says she was driving along I-65 toward Birmingham when a 3-foot pole erupted through her windshield.

“I’m just really grateful,” Mellissa Corbin said “There was glass like all in my mouth. Luckily I was wearing sunglasses because there was glass in my sunglasses, my entire passenger seat was full of glass.”

While Corbin was able to get off the road safely, that is not the case for thousands of drivers each year.

According to the AAA Foundation, more than 200,000 crashes have been blamed on debris on U.S. roadways during a recent four-year period. Those accidents resulted in 39,000 injuries and more than 500 deaths.

AAA says most road debris crashes are the result of items falling from a car or truck, such as tires and wheels.

Improper maintenance or unsecured loads are usually to blame.

That is exactly what Corbin thinks happened to her.

“I’m fine but whoever is driving this truck should probably know that he almost killed somebody, and he needs to be securing his things more so this doesn’t happen again,” Corbin said.

Corbin is asking if you witnessed what happened Monday or have video, to please come forward to help with the investigation.