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Woman impaled by pole while texting and driving

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Christina Jahnz took her eyes off of the road for a split second to proofread a text she dictated to her cell phone, and was impaled by a pole that she hit with her car. Christina Jahnz took her eyes off of the road for a split second to proofread a text she dictated to her cell phone, and was impaled by a pole that she hit with her car.
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COLORADO -

Many people know the dangers of texting while driving -- but they do it anyway. A Colorado woman is lucky to be alive after she was in a serious accident while texting.

In a busy world, it's not uncommon for people to be multitasking on the run, trying to get as much done in a day as possible. Wednesday morning, Christina Jahnz was in the same situation when her daughter texted her and said she needed her saxophone brought to school.

She figured out a way to stop by Elizabeth Middle School, but she was running late for a meeting so she gave her friend a heads up.

"I did the voice text and I was in the parking lot and I looked down to make sure it was OK," she said. The next thing I knew I was looking up there was white powder from the air bags deployed."

In one split second that her eyes were off the road, Jahnz slammed into a guardrail pole. It went through the front light of her truck, piercing her buttocks and continuing through the seat behind her.

"They had to cut up there and they had to cut behind me because the pipe went through my seat. I could feel it the vibrations and stuff," Jahnz recalled.  

Elizabeth firefighters were able to get her out of the car and she was rushed to Parker Adventist Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery.

"I'm truly a miracle. They said if it gone just a little bit the other way I would have bled out," she said.

It's a miracle for sure, but it's also a startling reminder of what can happen when distracted while driving.

"Devastating knowing that I could have prevented it to begin with," Jahnz said.

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