By Emily Senger and Catherine McDonald
A tractor-trailer driver is lucky to be alive after a tire flew off a U-Haul trailer and crashed through his front windshield this morning on Highway 401, police say.
Truck driver Guy Rophanos was near Yonge Street, heading toward Cambridge, at about 10:30 a.m. when a tire struck his vehicle and became embedded in the driver’s side of the windshield, said Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Dave Woodford.
‘‘I saw it bouncing. For a minute I thought, ‘It’s the end.’’’ Mr. Rophanos, 47, a Montreal father of two teenagers told Global News.
With a broken front windshield and a tire wedged against his steering wheel, he was able to pull over to the side of the road and stop his rig. Mr. Rophanos had only minor cuts and scrapes from the broken glass.
‘‘It was not my day to go up, I think,’’ he said.
Sgt. Woodford said he has seen similar accidents in the past, and people have been killed.
“I’ve seen tires go through before, but this one’s embedded in the window, so it’s a bit different,” Sgt. Woodford said. “This guy’s lucky he’s not dead. If it had hit a car, someone might be dead.”
National Post, Global News
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