WALTHAM, MASS. (WHDH) - A driver on Interstate 95 in Waltham was injured Wednesday when a flying piece of metal flew through the windshield of a minivan.

A piece that’s used to hold up a tractor-trailer’s mud flap struck a car near Exit 26 around 11 a.m., according to the Massachusetts State Police.

“They’re spring loaded. They’re solid, and from wear and tear, they break,” tractor-trailer driver Ron Cisero said of the piece that investigators believe caused the damage.

The car was traveling on the southbound side of the highway when debris struck the driver in the face.

Police aren’t sure if the metal was on the road and kicked up by another car or if it came loose from a tractor-trailer.

Trucker Wallace Edison says tractor-trailer drivers would never feel the piece in question break off.

“You wouldn’t be able to tell if a mudflap came off. You’d actually have to see it come off,” Edison said.

Sources tell 7’s Kimberly Bookman that the driver had a bloody mouth and suffered cuts to his face, but was conscious and awake. The driver was taken to Mass. General Hospital.

“It’s a fluke accident. I would just tell drivers to be aware of their surroundings,” Edison said.


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