(KMSP) - Another flying object flying through the windshield, created a close call for a Minnesota driver.
“It hit it was really loud,” said Steve Arzdorf. “I'm glad it happened to me just because one I had just dropped off my daughter and no one was in the chair.”
The gaping hole left in Arzdorf's windshield came from a spare tire, which flew toward him on Highway 65 in East Bethel earlier this week.
“I seen three or four cars in front of me start to swerve around and then the car directly in front of me, I thought they might have hit tire,” he said. “Next thing I know I see this tire come flying up through the air coming right toward me. I just quickly swerved to the left and glass everywhere.”
This is yet another example of an unsecured loads on the roads in recent months, which include from an 18-foot boat in the middle of the road, a trailer hitch though a windshield, and a concrete block off a flatbed truck that killed a man.
Last month, State Patrol even announced "Secure Your Load Day", showing items collected off Minnesota highways.
“Looking at these objects, we don't know who owns these objects,” said Lt. Tiffani Nielson in June.
It's estimated unsecured loads are responsible for 51,000 accidents a year, 440 deaths, and 10,000 injuries.
This busy travel weekend Arzdorf, who happens to be a fire fighter with defensive driver training, shares this advice in hopes of keeping others on the roads safe.
“Just pay attention and keep your distances to give yourself time to react,” he said.
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