A woman crashed her car trying to send a text message while driving – and ended up with a pole through her buttocks.
Christina Jahnz said she was late for a meeting after dropping her daughter off at school in Elizabeth, Colorado, when she attempted to send a voice text through her mobile phone.
But in glancing down, she took her eyes off the road and ended up crashing into a guardrail.
The impact forced the wooden beam through her car and into her thigh and buttocks.
Firefighter were forced to cut either end of the pole before transporting Ms Jahnz to hospital where it was removed in surgery.
Ms Jahnz, who is expected to make a full recovery, said: “I lost count of the number of stitches after 40.”
Doctors said she was extremely lucky the pole missed her major arteries.
The mum – who spent four days in hospital – is now advising others to learn from her mistake.
“It’s devastating knowing that I could have prevented it to begin with. I just hope my story helps to save the lives of others. Don’t text and drive,” Jahnz told 9 News.