Motorist luckily escapes injury when unsecured load crashes through windshield

Photo Courtesy DPS: A passenger car was impaled by an unsecured iron rod that fell from a trailer while traveling on the highway on Thursday.

By Jon Johnson

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) is advising motorists to be sure to secure loads after a four-foot-long iron pole impaled the windshield of a car on Thursday. 

Photo Courtesy DPS: The iron rod lodged between the car’s back seat and roof.

According to the DPS, a pickup truck hauling a trailer was northbound on SR 51 in Phoenix at about 11:53 a.m. when the truck hit a bump in the roadway near Thomas Road. The bump caused the iron pole to dislodge from the trailer and crash into a white Nissan sedan. 

The pole went through the Nissan’s windshield and lodged between the center back seat and the roof. The driver of the Nissan was not injured. 

The driver of the truck did not stop after the incident and has yet to be located. 

“Road debris poses a serious hazard to everyone on the road, from other motorists to the law enforcement and road maintenance crews that go out to retrieve it,” DPS wrote in a release. “No matter how short the drive or how heavy the items, please take the time to secure your load before every trip.”