Hayley Crouse was pregnant with her son and driving on her way home from work.
While Crouse was driving, she noticed the vehicle in front of her had a large sheet of ice on its roof.
It wasn’t long before the sheet of ice launched off the car in front of her and went through her windshield.
She recounts that day in a Facebook post and adds some advice for others:
I don’t think I have ever posted about this on here, but now that it is snowing out (at least around me), I want to give a word of advice. 7 winters ago, when I was pregnant with Ethan, I was driving down the highway on my way home from work. There was a white minivan 2 cars ahead of me that had a giant sheet of ice on the roof, probably 4 inches thick and it spanned the entire top of car, so about 3 feet long? I vividly remember seeing it suddenly come loose, flipping through the air and the next thing I knew, it was slicing through my windshield at 60 mph.
I was smashed in the face with glass and ice and I couldn’t see. I just remember the air was all of the sudden rushing through my windshield and I was terrified and I managed to pull my car to the side of the highway with trucks and car zooming past me. I called 911 and just sat there in disbelief that I was still alive. The sheet of ice missed me by an inch or two. I was taken to the hospital and everything checked out okay, other than a few ingested pieces of glass (lol) and some scrapes.
So, long story short, please do not ever let the snow accumulate on top of your car and turn into those ice sheets that I still see everywhere during the winter. A week after this happened to me, a mother of 2 was killed by the same exact situation and it really really hit me just how lucky I was.