Woman Survives After Metal Ramp Smashes Through Her Windshield: ‘It Could Have Killed Me’

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Woman Survives After Metal Ramp Smashes Through Her Windshield: ‘It Could Have Killed Me’

A Massachusetts woman miraculously avoided serious injury after a tractor-trailer sent a metal ramp flying through straight through her windshield.

Mary Quinlan was driving on I-95 near Boston on Tuesday when the incident occurred, ABC affiliate WCVB reported.

Quinlan, 56, said she was in the slow lane with a tractor-trailer driving in the middle lane about 40 yards ahead when she spotted the ramp sitting on the highway.

“The tractor went around, but the trailer clipped it, and it started to spin way up in the air,” she said. “I braked, and I was watching it. And when it went out of my view, I just instinctively ducked to the left, and bam, it came right through.”

Her son Adam shared photos of the aftermath on Facebook, showing that the ramp went straight through the middle of the windshield and lodged itself all the way into the backseat of Quinlan’s Honda.

Adam Quinlan

“There was glass everywhere, literally everywhere, and glass in my mouth,” she said.

Quinlan was treated for minor injuries and released from a hospital, but told WCVB that she was shocked that the tractor-trailer driver did not stop to see if she’d been injured.

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“When he saw it fly in the air, how did he not look? How did he not stop?” she said. “It could have killed me.”

Quinland said she called CVS to report the driver, but was sent to voicemail several times before hearing back from the company, which told her they would investigate and help pay for a rental car if one of their drivers was found to be involved.

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A spokesperson for CVS tells PEOPLE that the company conducted a “thorough investigation” with its transportation company and found no evidence that the incident involved one of its vehicles.

“The investigation included interviews with the drivers, inspections of the vehicles that traveled through the area on Tuesday afternoon, and a review of video footage from the trucks that record events such as collisions, sudden lane changes or running over debris or potholes,” the statement read. “Nothing indicates that one of our vehicles hit or swerved to avoid a large ramp laying on the highway. Nor do our vehicles carry any equipment that resembles the object that struck the car.”

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A Massachusetts State Police spokesperson tells PEOPLE the circumstances of the incident, including how the ramp ended up on the roadway, are under investigation.