I get really nervous driving behind trucks carrying cargo. What if that 8-foot wide pipe comes loose? Is that double-wide trailer really secure? Is that ax even tied down?
Horrifyingly, that ax was not tied down, as one driver discovered Wednesday morning while driving behind a landscape truck on a Massachusetts highway. An unsecured ax went flying from the truck's load, crashing through the trailing car's passenger-side windshield.
That photo alone is a heart-stopper. I can't imagine being that poor passenger! Thankfully, the ax stopped halfway through the glass and no one was physically injured. The landscape-truck driver was charged a $200 fine for failure to secure cargo, according the Massachusetts State Police Facebook page.
On the plus side, the police turned this terrifying incident into a teaching tool:
Two important lessons here: 1.) Contractors and all other motorists are reminded to properly secure items they are transporting, including tools, building materials, bicycles, canoes, luggage, furniture, beach chairs, and the like. 2.) The man whose car was struck was obeying the speed limit, driving about 65 mph. If he had been speeding, the increased velocity of his car would have increased the power of the ax's impact, meaning it could very well have gone through the glass and injured his passenger. [Facebook.com/MassStatePolice]