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Flying Ice From Trucks: Should Something Be Done About It?

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It’s always irritating when you get behind a truck and it starts dropping stuff on you. If there is product that should be tied down or secured and its coming off, there is no question that there are laws being broken. But what about when it’s chucks of ice and snow? Presently, there is no Minnesota law directly on point. Although there are most likely negligence issues that would need to be reviewed civilly. At the same time, Massachusetts saw six broken windshields in one day from the same issue.

The recent death of a man outside of Rochester as brought up questions. He was traveling along when ice flew off a truck traveling in the other direction. The ice hit his windshield, caused his air bag to deploy and his car to crash. He died a short time later. Witnesses have identified very little of the truck and the police are still hoping to find the driver for more information.

There are questions about what the driver should be responsible to do. It may not be safe for them to physically climb up and clear the roof of a tractor, and there are claims that there is no good equipment for the task, but can’t something be done? Hopefully this death will lead to more ideas and maybe more awareness of the concern.