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Metal flies off truck, smashes through 'lucky' Newfoundland woman's windshield

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — A Newfoundland motorist was stunned Thursday when a heavy piece of metal flew off a nearby truck and into her windshield.

The large piece of metal, estimated to weigh more than a large bowling ball, struck the car as it travelled on Waterford Bridge Road in St. John's shortly before noon, police said.

The woman's partner, who was on the scene, said she could have been killed.

But Sgt. Dave Hutchings of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says the woman's injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.

"She's lucky. She's very lucky," he said. 

Hutchings said the metal appears to have flown off the back of a truck.

"(It's) still trying to be determined for sure, but possibly something similar to a leaf spring out of a commercial vehicle," he said. 

Photographs from the scene show a hole in the middle of the windshield, about where the rear-view mirror hangs, and a long piece of rusted metal.