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2-inch pipe goes through car, woman's pelvis in single-car crash

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

A woman is miraculously still alive after a 2-inch pipe went through her car, then through her body.

Cedar Rapids Police say the single-car crash happened early Wednesday morning, just after midnight near 16th Street and Zika Avenue Northwest.

More than twelve hours after the crash, KWWL crews saw orange marks, shattered glass and a pipe still at the scene.

"I just couldn't imagine what happened," said Jim Novak, who lives just feet away from the crash.

Police say 27-year old Kelsey Cummings was driving westbound along Zika Avenue when her car hit a galvanized gate.

"There were ten squad cars, rescue, and a helicopter," said Novak. "I don't know how she could run into that."

The pipe went through the front end of her car, the radiator, passed through the battery before piercing her pelvis area.

Emergency crews tell us the same pipe went all the way through the back seat of Cummings car.

Cummings was conscious once crews arrived , and police say she was able to call 911.

Emergency crews had to remove the doors and roof before dismantling the back seat of her car so they could cut away parts of the pipe around her, before pulling her out.

Since the pipe was not blocking Cummings airway, responders left it in while transporting her to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics so Doctors could surgically remove the pipe.

Police are still investigating the accident.

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