Lucky escape as metal beam smashes through windscreen

San Jose fire department tweeted this photo of the car.
San Jose fire department tweeted this photo of the car.PHOTO: TWITTER

SAN JOSE, United States - A driver had a miraculous escape after a huge metal beam smashed through the front windscreen of his car, missing his head by inches.

The beam fell from the back of a truck as the driver was travelling in his BMW near San Jose in the US just after 2pm, fire department spokesman Captain Christopher Salcido told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The driver managed to pull over to the side of the road and was able to walk away from the accident.

San Jose Fire Department tweeted a picture of the damaged vehicle.

Said Captain Salcido: "Had the person been a little more to the right, it would have impaled him.

"It looks like he not so much dodged a bullet, but dodged a large beam of metal."