Steel object flies toward windshield, impales bumper
There was so much water spraying from the rear tires of a flatbed truck ahead of Anne Hatcher’s vehicle on the Outer Ring Road, she decided to pull into the passing lane to improve her visibility.
Anne Hatcher was unaware this steel object she swerved to avoid hitting her car’s windshield Monday managed to pierce the bumper of her vehicle. — Submitted Photo
“You can get trapped in a rut and it’s very dangerous,” she said. “There was a lot of water coming off of this particular vehicle.”
Hatcher may have been better off staying in the right lane.
“As I pulled over into the lane, he was a little bit further ahead of me — probably 100 feet or so — I noticed this object come up off
of the flatbed of the truck and
then start going end-over-end towards my windshield. I slammed on my brakes.”
Fortunately, the flying object did not strike the windshield of her car.
“I was seconds and feet from a totally different story,” Hatcher told The Telegram. “I just saw the object out of my right peripheral vision. Had I not, I wouldn’t be here having this conversation.”
Feeling lucky to be alive at that point, Hatcher continued to make her way home. It was not until after she pulled into her driveway that Hatcher noticed a three-foot-long steel object — believed to be a ratchet — impaled on the front of her car.
“I assumed it had bounced away.”
Hatcher spoke with police Monday evening. She did make note of the truck’s licence plate number — Hatcher assumes it’s a commercial vehicle — and hopes the other party will in some way be held accountable. There’s visible damage to her car’s bumper, hood and a side panel and headlight, and though Hatcher managed to make it home Monday, she’s unsure whether the steel object caused any mechanical damage.
I just saw the object out of my right peripheral vision. Had I not, I wouldn’t be here having this conversation Anne Hatcher
Hatcher uses the Outer Ring Road daily to get to and from work, and has witnessed other incidents that leave her wary of such vehicles.
“They always tend to have something flying off of them,” she said. “I just try to avoid being around them anyway.”
The following day, Hatcher elected not to use the Outer Ring Road.
“As a driver going back and forth to work, it’s frightening. With the ruts in the road, you’re trying to find a way to drive as safely as you can, but there’s no way you can prepare yourself for vehicle owners or drivers not properly preparing their work vehicles.”