HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- More than a dozen vehicles suffered blown tires Thursday morning on Interstate 295 north, near mile marker 33, in eastern Henrico.
The tires were damaged when a tractor-trailer hauling pieces of steel angle iron lost some of its load, according to Virginia State Police.
When the pieces flew out of the truck's bed, one hit the windshield of a car behind it.
The driver of that car said he didn’t see it until it crashed through the windshield.
He said his son, who was in the front passenger seat, would have been killed if he hadn’t been looking down at his phone.
The incidents were initially reported at about 5:30 a.m.
The debris has been cleared and all lanes were expected to reopen by mid-morning.
#BREAKING: @VSPPIO say 14 cars had their tires blown on I-295 N. after Airport Dr. when pieces of steel angle iron came flying out of the bed of a tractor trailer. One driver here says a shard of iron cane through the windshield barely missing his son’s head. @CBS6 pic.twitter.com/FZ4PNmAwXg— Shannon Lilly CBS 6 (@ShannonLillyTV) June 11, 2020