endmile: CSB:I was a passenger in a car on I-90 near Albany, NY two weeks ago when something came flying at the car like this. We were driving eastbound when a pickup truck on the westbound side lost its rear driver's side wheel. According to a witness, the truck took an exit and its wheel didn't. The wheel hit the median and rolled up it, flying into eastbound traffic and bouncing all around, still rolling. The car I was in had no chance. It hit the front of the car and pretty much totaled it. A little higher and it would have gone through the driver's head. After it hit our car, it flew 50 feet into the air and went back into westbound traffic, where it almost hit several other cars. Thankfully, no one was hurt. The funny thing is that the driver of the pickup that lost the wheel somehow kept going and the cops never found him. Apparently, one can drive a pickup with three wheels.
treesloth: Also not a fan of lumber flying through the windshield:[i1095.photobucket.com image 264x200]
SwingDancer: *I no longer travel behind trucks at night" make that,
Charlie Freak: This is a late parrot: I don't know much about physics but, to make that hole that board and truck had to be traveling very fast.70 mph x ?is this a mythbusters thing?It's a one in a million hit to go through like that. The alignment of the board to penetrate the windshield (as opposed to glancing off) and the speed differential to generate the necessary force were just so.
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