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(KTVB Boise)   What's more terrifying than lumber flying through your car windshield? Probably nothing   ( divider line
    More: Scary, Idaho State Police, windshields  
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6527 clicks; posted to Main » on 03 Jan 2013 at 11:42 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-01-03 09:47:28 AM  
4 votes:
That's the worst way to get wood.
2013-01-03 11:57:05 AM  
2 votes:
TFA: Authorities say the flying board may have come loose from a truck traveling in either the westbound or eastbound lanes.

Well. That narrows it down a bit.
2013-01-04 01:36:46 AM  
1 vote:

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.

Been on both sides of this horrible equation, and have been lucky both times.

1) Years and years ago, driving in the middle of the night on a deserted stretch of highway... thump thump thump BANG front wheel of my truck FALLS OFF! This was right around the time of the recall for the Expedition lug nuts, and it was a new-to-me F-150. I theorized that the dealer put new "bling" tires on the pickup with whatever stock was on hand and used Expedition lug nuts 'cause they were shiny, but who knows. Thank God it was like 2:00 am and the highway was clear. Had to hole up in the nearest town, wait for the Ford dealership to open up and buy some new lug nuts. Found the wheel the next morning about a mile away from the place where my truck came to a stop, lying in the median on far side of the opposite direction of travel. I can only imagine what would have happened if someone traveling the opposite direction on the highway had run into that tire (shudder)

On a side note, one would think that a front wheel falling off a truck would have made the truck crash and flip like a Richard Petty stock car. Oddly, aside from the shower of sparks as my front rotor was shaped into a capital "D", the truck pretty much handled like normal... was able to calmly drive to the side of the road and come to a controlled stop. Took one lug nut from the remaining three wheels and put the spare on to make it back to the nearest town.

2) A couple of years ago, driving easy as you please down the freeway in the middle of the day in the middle of downtown when I notice all the traffic around me starts to slow. I don't know why, but something prompts me to look UP, and there is a big-rig rim/tire about 20 feet up in the air, arching down right toward me. Thankfully, I was in a vehicle that handled reasonably well, cause I swerved one lane over to the right and I HEARD the tire bounce just to my rear on the drivers side. I'll never forget that sound, was like a deeper version of a basket-ball bouncing. I don't think the tire hit anyone else, but I saw a wall of traffic all stopped in my rear-view mirror. I pull over to the side of the road and performed a rectal-undershort inversion. Missed me by THAT much.

//end of my CSB
2013-01-03 02:25:33 PM  
1 vote:
There he was, a lonely, board driver lumbering down the road in his truck. He's singing songs trying to stave off falling asleep, but he's got an axe to grind. now he's not a rich guy. He's still pining for riches and he can't afford a 4X4, so he's got himself a 2x4, but that will do just fine for what he needs. Suddenly he's asleep and sawing logs and doesn't realize he's about to hit a huge bump that will send his cargo off the back of his truck and into another. Wood this have happened had he gotten more sleep last night?

/got nothing.
//I tried.
2013-01-03 12:42:08 PM  
1 vote:

treesloth: Also not a fan of lumber flying through the windshield:

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Dude, too soon.
2013-01-03 12:29:18 PM  
1 vote:

SwingDancer: *I no longer travel behind trucks at night" make that,

I wear my sunglasses at night.

/so i can, so i can
2013-01-03 12:24:49 PM  
1 vote:
How about a crane?
/wreck your whole day
2013-01-03 12:23:44 PM  
1 vote:
It probably came from here.
2013-01-03 12:11:17 PM  
1 vote:
Sometimes I get a little bored driving down the interstate,too.
2013-01-03 12:07:48 PM  
1 vote:
Also not a fan of lumber flying through the windshield:
2013-01-03 12:00:20 PM  
1 vote:
2013-01-03 11:52:53 AM  
1 vote:
2013-01-03 11:52:40 AM  
1 vote:

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.

A million to one shot!
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