Witness: Car flies off I-635 ‘like a movie’

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The Kansas Highway Patrol was investigating an accident Monday in which a driver went airborne off I-635, hit a utility pole and cut it in half.

At about noon on Monday, a man said he was driving underneath I-635 when suddenly he saw a car coming at him, from the air above. It missed him by a split second.

"It was like a movie man, car came off the bridge smashed us. I don't know, it's just crazy,  I'm just thankful, just thank God, I'm still here, you know what I mean," said Stacey Vereen.

Police still don't know what caused the driver to lose control, but she drove off the side of I-635, missed the guardrail and plowed through a fence before going airborne.

"I see the lady fly off of the highway through the utility pole and slam into the concrete barrier over there," said Lisa Crosby, another witness. "She was shaking like she was having a seizure."

Crosby said some other bystanders broke her car window to get into to help her. She believes a seatbelt and airbag likely helped save the woman's life.

The car sliced a utility pole in half and the other half ended up on the sun roof of Stacey Vereen's car, sending glass everywhere.

Crews were concerned about 'live' wires dropping low on the interstate and shut down two lanes of northbound traffic.

The driver of the car was taken to the hospital. Her injuries weren't life-threatening. A passenger in Stacey Vereen's car was also checked out at the hospital, but she's expected to be OK.

pole cut in half

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