SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4) – A Utah woman is lucky to be alive after a tire came barreling through her windshield while on I-15 on Wednesday morning.
According to Utah Highway Patrol, the close call happened near 2600 South.
Another driver heading northbound was reportedly driving too fast for road conditions and lost control of his car. His car hit the barrier on the left, causing the car’s driver-side tire to come clean off the car with the rim and tire rod attached.
Utah Highway Patrol said the tire bounced over the barrier into southbound traffic where it struck the woman’s car, caving in the windshield and the roof of her car.
The woman survived the incident but police did say she sustained a laceration to her head.
“It’s cold out and with intermittent snow fall the roads are going to be slick,” UHP said. “Please slow down. Your actions affect all those around you!”
The victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, sent ABC4 her account of the incident:
I was on my way to work this morning heading southbound on I-15. I was in North Salt Lake, when I saw a tire bounce in the road in front of me. Next thing I knew, it was coming into my car, before I even had time to think or react. I was luckily in the far right lane, so I immediately pulled over into the shoulder. I quickly realized that no one else had witnessed the accident, and that I was all alone, and that it was up to me to get the help I needed. I was able to find my phone and call 911 but didn’t know what to tell them or how to tell them where I was besides on the freeway. Luckily, they were able to track my location through my phone. I was on the phone with the dispatcher for what seemed like an eternity but was really only 12 minutes. I could see the lights coming up behind me and kept telling her I see the lights, but they aren’t coming fast enough. She stayed on the phone with me asking me questions to make sure I was okay. Help finally arrived on the scene and they were able to take care of me and get me taken in to an emergency room to be evaluated. I am very fortunate that I walked away from this accident with only a few cuts and bruises and 3 staples in my head. I know that the outcome could have been much worse.