DeKalb County

Plank flies off vehicle on I-20, smashes through truck windshield and hits driver

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A truck driver is lucky to be alive after a large chunk of wood crashed through his windshield and hit him as he drove down I-20 in DeKalb County.

The Georgia Department of Public Safety said the plank came off of the back of a commercial motor vehicle and went through the windshield of the truck behind it, hitting the driver, who was transporting hazardous materials.

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The plank left a crater-sized hole in the truck’s windshield. Photos show the plank where it landed right in between the driver’s and passenger’s seats.

“This is why load securement is so essential,” officials with the DPS said.


The driver, who hasn’t been identified, only suffered from minor injuries.

It’s unclear if the commercial truck driver faces any charges.

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“This is one of my greatest fears on the road. A real-life Final Destination moment,” David Ohmann wrote on Facebook.

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