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A grandmother and her granddaughter were nearly killed in a car accident, on Tuesday, when a tractor-trailer fell from an elevated highway and crashed down in front of their car, hitting the hood.

The woman was traveling westbound on the Staten Island Expressway with her one-year-old granddaughter, when the truck tumbled off the highway above them. Hearing a very loud sound, the grandmother instinctively slammed on her brakes.

The tires of the tractor-trailer landed on the hood of her car, had she not stopped, the trailer would have crushed them. The body of the trailer was straight-up, cab first with its back end leaning against the elevated highway.

Neither grandmother nor child were injured in the accident.

The truck driver suffered broken bones in the accident and is in stable condition.

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