ELIZABETH, Colo., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A woman impaled herself on a pole Wednesday when she crashed her vehicle at low speed after briefly looking down at a text.
Christina Jahnz told KUSA that she was leaving Elizabeth Middle School after her daughter accidentally left her saxophone at home. The trip made Jahnz late for a business meeting, so she tried sending a voice text to a friend as she drove from the parking lot at a speed of 20 m.p.h.
"I looked down to make sure it was all right. The next thing I knew, I was looking up, there was white powder from the air bags deployed," Jahnz said.
The vehicle struck a guardrail, sending a pole into the front of her truck, through her thigh and buttocks and into a rear door. Local firefighters were called to the scene and had to saw off the front and back ends of the pole before rushing Jahnz to the hospital.
"I went into surgery and I lost count of the stitches after 40. They stitched me up inside too. I'm truly a miracle. They said if it [had] gone just a little bit the other way I would have bled out," Jahnz said.
Jahnz was released Sunday after a four day hospital stay. She will require a walker but is expected to make a full recovery.