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State Patrol warns drivers after unsecured piece of metal flies into woman's window

TACOMA, Wash. — Troopers with the Washington State Patrol are reminding drivers to secure their loads after a close call.

Officials said an unsecured piece of metal went into a woman’s windshield in Tacoma around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Pictures tweeted out by Trooper Johnna Batiste showed that the piece came very close to hitting the driver, but officials said the woman was not injured.

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“If you see hazardous debris in the roadway call 911!” Batiste wrote.

According to the state patrol, a vehicle's load is secure when no cargo can slide, shift or fall onto the road or become airborne.

WSP offered the following five tips to secure a load:

  • Tie down load with rope, netting or straps.
  • Tie large objects directly to the vehicle or trailer.
  • Cover the entire load with a sturdy tarp or netting.
  • Don't overload the vehicle.
  • Always double-check load to make sure all is secure.

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