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

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

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    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. 

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    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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