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Old 03-04-2016, 05:36 AM   #1
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HOUSTON (KTRK) -- It was like a scene out of the movie "Final Destination" for one Houston driver. A tow hitch flew into her windshield, narrowly missing her.

"You have hubcaps falling off people's vehicles," said Danny Perez, with TX Dot. "Anything can happen when you're out there."

The Texas Department of Transportation said situations like that on the highway can be deadly.

"You'll see everything from car batteries to brake pads all kinds of materials those are things falling off of trucks and vehicles," said Perez.

In 2014 a few drivers across the nation had a close call. In Atlanta, a sledgehammer pierced a windshield, and on the same day, an ax flew off a landscapers truck and smashed into a driver's windshield in Massachusetts. In Midland, a woman there said if it wasn't for her rear-view mirror, a pipe would have killed her.

TxDOT said these type of incidents could have been avoided.

"We ask folks that are traveling that are transporting materials those kinds of things to make sure their load is secure," said Perez.

TxDOT routinely cleans up debris on the highway, but HPD's Truck Enforcement unit also does its part to keep the roads safe.

"Gravel trucks, sand trucks - they're required by law to have their loads covered," said SGT McCoy.

While some situations are unavoidable, here's what TxDOT said you can do to stay safe:

1) Stay alert and keep your eyes on the road.
2) Don't tailgate, and leave enough space between you and other drivers.
3) If you see a big object on the road ,call it in to 713-802-5000.

HPD's Truck Enforcement also said if someone see a big rig with its load uncovered and it's putting other driver's at risk, they should call it in to 911 and give them a description and where the rig is headed to on the highway.

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I'm currently up in Milwaukee for HD. Sunday morning news reported that the police would hope someone would come forward and admit to losing and entire box spring and mattress (fat chance). A 21 year old girl was driving on I-94 Saturday night and saw what looked like a shadow. Flipped the car and smashed the out of it (this part was not on the news), but luckily she just walked away with minor bruises (that part was on the news).

Last Oct on the NJ turnpike a tanker hit a box spring and mattress. Truck exploded. Mattress and driver both died.
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they're required by law to have their loads covered,"
that's an empty comment for sure. Only if the police were to start enforcing it, would it actually MEAN something.

While riding our bikes we all see unsecured vehicles. Also being on a bike, we're likely more aware than most drivers of flying objects, gravel trucks, dump trucks, construction/landscaping trailers.
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