Woman impaled while texting and driving

A Colorado woman says she looked down at her phone for just a moment. Her truck struck metal railing, which pierced her vehicle -- and then her.

Christina Jahnz says she was lucky. KUSA screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Most people think they can multitask safely, even when texting and driving.

After all, they've had years of practice with eating and driving, drinking and driving, and even shaking a fist at passing cyclists and driving.

One Colorado woman, however, says that just a moment of looking away to her phone while driving caused her serious injury.

Christina Jahnz told KUSA-TV that she was driving away from her daughter's middle school in Elizabeth, Colo., last Wednesday when she began to text a friend.

"I was running late for a business meeting, so I did a voice text. I looked down to make sure it was all right. The next thing I knew, I was looking up. There was white powder from the air bags deployed," she said.

The air bags were the least of her problems. She had struck metal railing, which pierced her truck's light and entered her thigh and buttocks. The metal railing ended up embedded in her truck seat.

The hospital staff who treated Jahnz told her: "If it gone just a little bit the other way, I would have bled out."

Jahnz is expected to make a complete recovery, according to KUSA-TV.

Will people stop texting and driving only when they experience an accident? Or do we need some sort of technology to save us from ourselves?


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