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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - It was a close call, but one that shockingly didn't turn out worse, considering a woman's windshield was all that stopped a hammer from crashing through her car. Now the mom wants to warn others to consider the risks when you don't properly secure something in the back of your vehicle.

Michelle Gillmore ran an errand with her children in the car. She was on her way back home on southbound Interstate 435 near Winner Road when she saw a hammer propelling its way toward her head.

"Very scary experience to have a hammer flying at you at a very high rate of speed when you're going 65 miles an hour," Gillmore explained.

Gillmore watched in shock, unsure of what to do, but somehow the hammer didn't go completely through the glass.

"It sent glass flying all over the inside of the car, it did not come through the windshield. Thank God," she said.

Gillmore and her young daughters were terrified, as her eight-month-old son slept in his car seat. She said she looked for the hammer on the side of the highway, but never found it. Gillmore called her husband, who went to his family on the side of the interstate. He couldn't believe what he saw.

"You realize how little there was keeping that hammer from going through the windshield and hitting my wife, or my daughter, or anybody in the car," said Ric Gillmore.

So Michelle and Ric want to share this as a reminder that whatever ends up on the highway, either on accident or on purpose, can endanger the lives of others.

"You've got to be thinking of other people on the road than just yourself," said Ric.

Michelle still has no idea where the hammer came from. She said she didn't see it fly off a truck and she wasn't passing under an overpass, but assumes it had to come from another vehicle at some point.

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