Lumber impales car windshield on Ohio interstate

AVON, Ohio — A motorist traveling on an Ohio interstate escaped serious injury after a piece of lumber flew off a truck and crashed through windshield of his car, authorities said.

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According to the Avon Police Department, a white Chevrolet Silverado was traveling westbound on Interstate 90 in the left lane on Jan. 20 when a 4-foot piece of lumber flew off a truck ahead in the right lane, WOIO-TV reported. The wood, which fell off a dumpster of the Freightliner, impaled the passenger’s side of the Silverado, according to WJW-TV.

The man driving the Freightliner said he did not stop because he did not realize the wood had fallen off his vehicle, the television station reported, citing a crash report from the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

The truck is owned by L&J Hauling of Vermillion, according to WOIO. The Silverado is owned by Luxury Heating Company of Elyria, the television station reported.

The driver of the Silverado was not injured, WOIO reported. There was no one in the passenger’s seat.

“(The truck driver) did not even know that it happened,” Avon Police Sgt. Chris Barton told WJW. “He did have a load semi-secured; it wasn’t secured well enough though he kept traveling. We were able to contact him later.

“He came right up and accepted the citation (and was) very apologetic that it even happened.”