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‘I did see it coming’: Man escapes serious injury after flying wheel strikes his car

A man escaped serious injury after his car was struck by an errant wheel that came flying off a truck on a Toronto highway Thursday morning.

Provincial police say the car was going westbound on Highway 401 at Highway 427 when a wheel separated from a transport truck on the overpass and flew down, slamming into the driver’s side of the car, destroying the back end of the vehicle. Fortunately, the driver managed to maneuver the car safely to the side of the highway.

“I did see it coming,” the driver, identified as Mark, told OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt in a video posted to Twitter.

“It came off the bridge and I just saw it at the last second… I moved over just in time and it plowed into the side of me.”

Schmidt says a further examination of the truck from which the wheel came off shows the outer bearing had disintegrated and “melted right off” as a result of no lubrication. A check of the right side tire shows a similar lack of oil in the wheel hub with Schmidt noting “this wheel was likely going to come off at some point” as well.

“This is absolutely deadly and dangerous,” said Schmidt, reiterating that truck drivers need to check their vehicles daily and ensure they are safe for travel on the highway. “This is a lack of maintenance and a lack of lubrication.”

“This could have been deadly and Mark is lucky that the wheel didn’t go into the occupant compartment.”



‘I did see it coming’: Man escapes serious injury after flying wheel strikes his car

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