BAKERSFIELD (CBS) — A Southland man was feeling more than lucky on Wednesday after what authorities said should have been a fatal accident.
Marcus Kasparzyk, 41, was driving down Highway 99 near Bakersfield when a four-foot-long steel pipe broke loose from a pick-up truck in front of him and came flying toward his car.
The pipe hit the steering wheel, but missed hitting Kasparzyk in the face by a fraction of an inch.
California Highway Patrol officials said the pipe would have likely impaled Kasparzyk if the steering wheel had not obstructed its path.
Kasparzyk — who said he only remembers seeing a flash of steel before drifting off the side of the road — suffered only minor injuries in the incident.
“You have much greater chances of getting hit by lightning or winning the lottery than to find a four-foot steel pole in your windshield,” Kasparzyk said.
Authorities still aren’t sure how the pipe dislodged from the truck in front of him.