Woman nearly impaled when van slams into fallen tree

POSTED: Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 1:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 1:04pm

Shawna Ventura survived a dangerous accident when she passed out while driving and her van ran off the road.

A tree punctured the windshield and barely missed her in the driver's seat.

She's now out of the hospital, but she says the accident may have actually saved her life.

Ventura, who is diabetic, doesn't remember the accident, but when she came to, she realized she had almost been impaled by a tree.

"And I was wedged like this, where the window and the door is and this tree was, so apparently I tried to protect myself," said Ventura.

After the initial impact, Shawna's seat belt was choking her. Before medics arrived, a truck driver stopped and cut her loose, likely saving her life.

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