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Light pole crashes into car, barely misses 12-year-old girl's head

Strong storms move through downtown Cleveland
Posted at 9:34 PM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 21:35:20-04

A Michigan family is shaken but uninjured after strong winds slammed a light pole right into their moving car in downtown Cleveland Thursday afternoon.

Strong storms moved in just after 5 p.m. as the Roth family was driving on Huron Rd., right in front of Quicken Loans Arena, making their way back home to Kalamazoo, Michigan after a vacation in Cleveland.

A burst of wind snapped a light pole that slammed into their car -- shattering the back windshield.

Part of the pole sheared the seat where 12-year-old Evelyn's head was resting just seconds before.

"I was on my phone, again, and then I see this thing coming toward me and I'm like, 'Oh no, nope, nope, nope, nope! And I dove forward," Evelyn said. Luckily, she and her parents made it out without a scratch.

But it's not the first time a freak of nature has hit them recently. Instead of the Roths, you may even want to call them the "miracle family."

Because two weeks ago, they totaled another car when a black bear crashed into them in Michigan. The airbags deployed and the family made it out of that one just fine as well.

"We're running out of options," said Christy Roth, laughing. "I'm just so thankful she's OK!"

The family was trapped in their car for nearly an hour before Cleveland Public Power could come turn off the electricity on the wires draped over the car.