ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WHDH) — A woman survived after she was impaled by a pole that crashed through her windshield in Attleboro.

Police said Katherine Ibanez was driving earlier this month when she swerved to avoid another car on Parker Street and crashed into a chain-link fence.

During the crash, a 12-foot pole smashed through Ibanez’s window and pierced her arm, chest, and back. Doctors told her the pole scraped her lung but did not puncture any major arteries.

“I don’t know how I’m alive,” said Ibanez. “The doctor said in the 25 years that he’s been working, he’s never seen anybody go through that experience and live.”

Ibanez has undergone several blood transfusions and had two ribs removed. She is also scheduled to have back surgery.

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