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Woman impaled in buttocks by guardrail; texting while driving


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Woman impaled in buttocks by guardrail; texting while driving

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Sep 2, 2014

A Colorado woman is alive after being impaled in the buttocks by a pole while texting and driving.

"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," Christina Jahnz explains to 9 News Colorado. Janz had just left her daughter's middle school after she had forgotten her saxophone. 

Jahnz claims that she was driving 20 mph at the time of the accident. The guardrail pole that she hit sliced through the front of her truck, straight through her buttocks and stuck into the back of her drivers seat.

Elizabeth firefighters had to saw off the front and back end of the pole to rush Jahnz to an area hospital.

"I went into surgery and I lost count of the stitches after 40. They stitched me up inside too. I'm truly a miracle. They said if it [had] gone just a little bit the other way I would have bled out," Jahnz details to 9 News Colorado. "It's devastating knowing that I could have prevented it to begin with. I just hope my story helps to save the lives of others. Don't text and drive."

Jahnz was released Sunday after a four-day hospital stay. She will use a walker during recovery, but is expected to resume walking as normal.

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.