Tow hitch smashes through truck driver's windshield

Tow hitch smashes through truck driver's windshield

Credit: WSP Trooper Guy Gill

Tow hitch smashes through truck driver's windshield

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by ERIC WILKINSON / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 11, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 11 at 11:31 AM

A truck driver could have been killed by a 25-pound trailer hitch that went through his windshield and hit him in the head Tuesday in Tacoma.

"I saw it fall off a white pickup truck, and then get kicked up by a semi right into my windshield," the man recalled.

As he drove down I-5 South near the City Center at 7:00 a.m., the trailer hitch sailed through his windshield and nearly through to the back of the driver's seat.

"If I hadn't moved my head just a few inches, it would've crushed my skull. I would be dead now," said the 37-year-old father of two.

His name is not yet being released.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill called it a prime example of failing to take 30 extra seconds to secure a vehicle with potentially deadly consequences.

Gill said people may think about securing the items in the beds of their trucks but forget about things like trailer hitches.

"Always double-check," said Trooper Gill.

The driver is still undergoing tests at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma. He is expected to recover.

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