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Leeds man cheats death as huge metal missile flies through windscreen on motorway

Leeds man cheats death as huge metal missile flies through windscreen on motorway

A Leeds campervan driver narrowly escaped death but was left writhing in excruciating pain when a huge piece of metal crashed through his windscreen and into his body on the M42. It is believed the piece of metal, a kingpin lock, came loose from a lorry and shot straight into his van as he drove home with his wife.

Chris Benn miraculously dodged the oncoming lock by changing position at the last moment, but it hit him with enough force to break his arm in six places. The ordeal could leave the 54-year-old out of work for up to a year while he recovers, his wife Rachel Benn says.




He also suffered internal bleeding, required multiple blood transfusions and went under the knife at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he remained yesterday, more than a week later. The couple, who live in Leeds, were on their way home from Dorset, 140 miles away, when the terrifying incident happened.

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They were heading north on the M42 between junctions nine and ten at around 2.30pm on Friday afternoon, June 21. Rachel said she heard an “almighty bang” and then saw her husband’s arm “swinging” minutes after they had started their journey on the motorway near Water Orton.

Chris Benn was injured when a Kingpin lock crashed through the window of his trailer on the M42(Image: Collections)

She said: “He saw it at the last minute, and moved towards me to the left, arching his shoulder up and hit that instead of his head. It ripped his headrest. If it had landed on his face it would have been game over.”

The couple’s caravan was left unusable following the incident, Birmingham Live reports. Warwickshire Police are urging anyone with any information or witnesses to come forward, while the couple are asking anyone with dashcam footage to get in touch.

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