Another Outer Ring Road incident

Andrew Robinson
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Flying piece of metal lodged in bumper

Sharon Metcalfe of St. John’s can sympathize with another woman who recently told The Telegram about her ordeal on the Outer Ring Road when she attempted to avoid a piece of steel flying towards her car’s windshield.

Sharon Metcalfe of St. John’s was on her way to work two weeks ago when this long piece of metal flying through the air hit her car and went through the bumper. — Submitted photo

In the end, that piece of steel did not hit the windshield thanks to a quick reaction on the driver’s part, but Anne Hatcher of Mount Pearl later discovered it pierced the bumper after flying off the back of a flatbed truck.

Click here to read Driver feels lucky to be alive.

Metcalfe had a similar experience on the Outer Ring Road almost two weeks ago driving to work when a metal pipe came flying at her car and hit it. The incident happened in the westbound lane just before the turnoff to the Team Gushue Highway.

“I guess the car in front of me either swerved to avoid it or hit it themselves, so it came flying back end-to-end, and I didn’t want it to hit my tire, so I sort of positioned my car so it hit me dead on,” said Metcalfe. “I heard it hit and I thought, ‘There’s going to be a dent or some damage.’”

A short while later Metcalfe heard a persistent banging. She discovered the problem immediately after stopping her vehicle.

“It was like a spear, right in through the front there,” said Metcalfe.

A tow truck later moved her vehicle. The cost of repairing her radiator and air conditioning was $900.

“When I got to work that morning and I was showing the crowd the pictures, everyone was like, ‘You’re so lucky it didn’t come in through the windshield,’ but I was sort of more pissed off about the fact it was going to cost me a lot of money to get it fixed.”

She travels on the Outer Ring Road regularly and uses her car as part of her job. Metcalfe has come across various items strewn across the highway, but never encountered problems until the incident two weeks ago.

“It’s crazy how much debris and garbage there is on the roads right now. It almost seems like there’s no one responsible for looking after it.”

Metcalfe has no idea where the pipe came from. She notes it is not hollow.

“I have not a clue.”

Seeing Wednesday’s piece in The Telegram about Hatcher’s encounter with the three-foot piece of steel, Metcalfe was shocked to encounter a story so similar to hers.



Geographic location: Outer Ring Road, Mount Pearl

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Recent comments

  • John
    May 29, 2014 - 13:16

    I'd rather walk than drive on the ORR, it's a nightmare at the best of times, let alone with metal rods flying through the air

  • Another Victim
    May 29, 2014 - 10:47

    A few weeks ago a big sheet of plastic flew at me from the back of a private pickup and would have caused an accident if I wasn't quick reacting. The police has got to crack down on pick up trucks and flatbeds with unsecured loads. I say pull over every pick-up to look inside its back and every flatbed for inspection. People will get the message.