Driver’s death-defying near miss as runaway truck wheel rips through car roof

Driver’s death-defying near miss as runaway truck wheel rips through car roof
Driver’s death-defying near miss as runaway truck wheel rips through car roof

A driver has survived a terrifying near-miss after a tyre detached from a lorry and crushed his oncoming car.

Police said the man is “the luckiest driver in the world” after he survived the 22.5-inch tyre crashing through his windscreen on the M6.

Pictures of the stricken car show the devastating impact of the heart-stopping near miss, with the roof and windscreen of the white Peugeot crushed by the wheel.

According to Lancashire Police, the huge tyre became detached from a HGV as it travelled southbound on the M6 near Leyland.

The tyre then bounced across multiple lanes of traffic and over the central reservation, before crashing into the Peugeot on the northbound carriageway.

A spokesman for Lancashire Road Police said: “The driver of this car is the luckiest person in the world right now.

The Peugeot has been written off after being crushed by a 22.5 inch tyre which became detached from a lorry on the M6.

“How they got it to the shoulder and got out is beyond us. Thankfully minor injuries.”

According to the stunned driver, his young son had earlier begged to join him on the trip.

Fortunately, his dad had been unable to take him at the last minute. When the tyre crashed through the roof of the car it crushed the boy’s empty car seat.

Remarkably, the driver of the white Peugeot survived unscathed and managed to guide the car safely to the hard shoulder of the M6 near Leyland.

The officer added: “The driver’s young son wanted to come out with dad.

“Thankfully he was unable to take him, but it doesn’t bear thinking about what would have happened had his son been in this car seat.”

It is not yet known how the tyre came loose. Police have been approached for comment.

Police said it is a ‘miracle’ that the driver survived the freak accident.

The man driving the crushed Peugeot said his young son had wanted to join him on the drive but decided against it. The child seat was destroyed.

A version of this story first appeared in our sister title The Lancashire Evening Post

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