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3 escape with minor cuts after ice chunk falls from truck, tears through windshield

Photo Courtesy of York Township Fire Department

Three people are recovering after chunks of ice flew off of a tractor trailer and smashed the windshield of a car along Interstate 83 in York just before 11 a.m. Thursday morning.

State Police and drivers say incidents like this are far too common after a snow storm.

Alissa Wertz explained she was just barely able to avoid a serious crash yesterday after an ice chunk from a tractor trailer fell next to her car.

"Chunk of ice fell right on the side of my car," she said. "I slammed on my brakes. There wasn't much I could do."

But Wertz was lucky.

The driver of a Porsche on I-83 this morning, however, was not. It was hit by a piece of ice that came flying off a tractor trailer.


The windshield was torn off on impact and sent glass shards flying into the car.

Witnesses say the ice came from the top of a passing tractor trailer.

A similar crash injured a woman in Franklin County Wednesday.


"It's important that people take the extra couple minutes to clear ice from their car," Trooper Adam Reed said.

It's actually the law -- Fines range from $200 to $1,000 if you cause one of these crashes by neglecting to clean ice and snow from your car.

SEE ALSO: Know Before You Go| Laws about your car, snow you need to know before hitting the road


State Police say the best way to avoid falling victim is to stay alert.

"If it looks like something is ready to call, you see a large chunk, stay back," he said.

Three people that were in the Porsche are being treated for cuts to their face, arms and hands.


State Police are looking for the tractor trailer, but they don't have a description of the truck.

The case is still under investigation and there has not been any word if the driver could face fines or charges in relation to this incident.

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