Yesterday, our article covered Police Officers that were either shot through their windshield or had to shoot through their windshields in the line of duty. Today on The Phoenix Auto Glass Blog, we bring you a story of a fire-truck that had its windshield broken in a fairly unconventional way.
In Indianapolis, a firefighter was driving down the road one morning when ice flew off an oncoming vehicle and collided with the fire-engine windshield, injuring the firefighter.
Ice is not typically the first thing we think of when it comes to broken windshields. However, this tiny piece of ice hit the windshield with such force that it could have been deadly for the occupants, especially if the fire-truck had been traveling at higher speeds.
It was about 10:00 A.M. and the fire crew was traveling back to the station after picking up a few things at a local grocery store. A large slab of ice flew off a passing SUV and smashed the massive fire-truck windshield with a single blow.
"I saw it coming and I [did not] know what to do and I think I kinda ducked a little bit. It blew in the whole section of my windshield and the front actually hit me in the forehead," said Wayne Township Firefighter Matt Ervin, who was behind the wheel of the truck when the glass shattered.
Luckily, Ervin only sustained minor injuries from the incident. However, if they had been responding to a call they would have been traveling much faster and the impact would have been more severe. Fire engine windshields are made out of a special type of glass that is reinforced for safety. If the ice chunk had collided with a normal windshield, the driver or passengers would have sustained serious injury from the ice.
The police never found the driver of the SUV; however, even if they had, the driver would not have been issued a ticket because what happened was an accident. In the State of Indiana, where this incident took place, the law does not specify whether or not that your windows or other surfaces of your vehicle must be free of snow and ice while driving. The only legal requirement is that there is nothing obstructing or hindering the view of the driver.
To watch a video of the flying ice as well as the aftermath, click here (http://www.wthr.com/story/21798494/flying-ice-smashes-fire-engine-windshield-injures-firefighter?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8717130).
It is essential to know what your state laws when it comes to snow and ice on your vehicle. Paul Ryans, the Operations Manager at SunTec Auto Glass stated, “It only takes a minute to clear the snow and ice off the top of your vehicle and in doing so you could help prevent vehicle accidents and injuries. In addition, you should never use hot water to melt the ice off your windshield as this can cause the glass to crack. Always use a plastic scraper designed to scrape the ice off your auto glass windows and windshield”.
If you live in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area and require a windshield replacement or auto glass repair, contact SunTec Auto Glass today. Our windshield replacement and auto glass repair technicians are NGA (National Glass Association) certified and service all vehicle makes and models. We use OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) auto glass and OEM parts, because you and your family's safety matters. We work with every auto insurance company and we accept most forms of payment. We offer free mobile service to Maricopa and Pinal Counties for your convenience. To schedule your windshield replacement, auto glass repair, auto glass tinting or auto glass etching, please contact us at (602) 753-6050 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.