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Quick-thinking passenger saves driver impaled by flying piece of metal

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HOLLAND TOWNSHIP -

Police in Holland Township say a truck driver who was impaled in the neck by a flying piece of metal is in stable condition.

According to Police Chief John Harris Jr., the 23-year-old man was driving Tuesday morning when a 5-inch piece of metal was dislodged from the ground by nearby roadwork, propelling it into the man's truck.

Officials say the metal piece smashed through a window and construction cage and lodged in the man's neck.

Police say the passenger of the truck threw the vehicle into park and stopped the truck.

The passenger then removed the metal and applied pressure to the driver's wound, likely saving his life.

Harris classified the event as "a freak accident."

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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