Wooden poles shattered the windshield of a Deming woman's car Tuesday, nearly impaling her as she drove along the Mount Baker Highway.
The 36-year-old woman was taken to St. Joe's Hospital in Bellingham when she was hit in the head by a bundle of 27-foot long poles that smashed right through the headrest of her car.
The poles traveled all the way through the rear windshield with the rear-view mirror still attached to them.
Troopers said the woman doesn't remember anything from the crash.
Before the crash, the poles were fastened to the top of a 60-year-old Canadian man's 1994 Buick station wagon as he drove along SR 542 with his wife.
He told Washington State Patrol troopers he slowed down for a dump truck ahead of him when the woman's Toyota Camry ran into the poles.
He said he was going about 25 mph when the car hit from behind near near Everson Goshen Road.
The poles were described as those used for tipis.