A man driving on the San Jose Freeway was nearly impaled on Friday when a metal beam flew off the back of the truck and pierced the windshield, miraculously landing between the driver and passenger seats.

CBS SF reports that the driver managed to steer his black BMW to the shoulder by near the Saratoga exit just after noon, and walked away from the accident with no injuries beyond a scratch on his arm.

"Had the person been a little more to the right, it would have impaled him," San Jose Fire captain Christopher Salcido told SF Gate. "It looks like he not so much dodged a bullet, but dodged a large beam of metal."

According to ABC 7, the piece of metal is a loading ramp, a tool used to load materials onto trucks.

The San Jose Firefighters Local 230 tweeted out the image, with text reading simply, "Reminder Always be alert to your surroundings. Solo driver SB280 escaped with only a scratch."

Note: We're aware we could have gone with a "beam/ beamer/ beemer/ bimmer" pun here, but we don't want to rile up any BMW owners by using the incorrect slang term. We'll leave that up to you, commenters.