Flying Ice Chunk Smashes Dubuque City Councilman's Windshield

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter


By Katie Wiedemann

DUBUQUE, Iowa - A Dubuque City Councilman had a scary drive along Sundown Road on Thursday.

Ric Jones's dam cam captured video of a briefcase sized block of ice flying off a semi, crashing into his windshield. Jones, a retired paramedic, wasn't hurt.

The accident happened as he passed a semi-truck. The block of ice broke off the top of the trailer. The impact from the ice block shatters his windshield.

Jones said, "I kept my left hand on the wheel and ducked down to the right. "

He's left with a few dozen minor cuts on his hand and an expensive windshield replacement.

"I was dumping glass out of my shoe when I got home last night, " said Jones.

Some truck drivers say part of their pre-drive inspection includes checking their load for loose objects. But not for snow and ice

Truck Driver Jay White said, "If it's built up, up there, there is nothing you can do about it. Especially on the truck. There's nothing you can do about it. "

Jones agrees it's too dangerous for a truck driver to climb on top of the vehicle to scrape ice. Still he urges all drivers to be watchful this winter.

"The thing that happened to me is absolutely a freak accident," said Jones. "It's almost like a lightening strike. "

Jones did call 9-1-1 right after the ice hit his windshield. A state trooper did stop the truck driver. The driver wasn't charged because there is no law in Iowa holds drivers accountable for the snow or ice that flies off their vehicle.

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