Imagine driving along the motorway, minding your own business when an HGV tyre comes hurtling towards you at a rate of knots.
That is exactly what happened to one motorist today on Junction 28 of the M6.
@LancsRoadPolice tweeted to say that:
‘The driver of this car is the luckiest person in the world right now.
‘This tyre detached from an HGV on the M6 at Jct 28, crossed the central barrier & struck an oncoming vehicle.
‘How they got to the shoulder and got out is beyond us.
‘Thankfully (only) minor injuries’
Assuming that the car that got hit was travelling at 70 mph and the tyre came hurtling towards it at at least 40 mph, then the speed of the impact would have reached over 100 mph.
In the images shared on social media, the entire front of the car was caved in after the impact.
A very good example of just why you should always expect the unexpected when driving on a motorway – even when conditions are good.
Despite the drivers young son wanting to head out with his, this Dad decided against it – a decision that could have potentially saved his son from some serious injuries
A spokesperson for the road policing unit added:
‘The driver’s young son wanted to come out with Dad.
‘Thankfully he was unable to take him, but it doesn’t bear thinking about what would have happened had his son been in this car seat’.