Projectile From Flatbed Hauling ‘Junk Cars’ Strikes Truck Driver in the Head

Syracuse, NY – A truck driver suffered serious injuries after being struck in the head with a projectile believed to be from a flatbed tractor-trailer last week.

According to the East Syracuse Fire Department (ESFD), the incident occurred on Thursday, February 25, near the 279 mile marker along the westbound lanes of the New York State Thruway.


A projectile flew off of a flatbed semi-trailer hauling “junk cars” and crashed through the windshield of a truck following behind, ESFD reported.

The driver of the truck — who was not identified by authorities — was struck in the head.

The man was remarkably able to maintain control of the truck and bring it safely to a stop along the side of the roadway.


ESFD said emergency responders found the driver “conscious and breathing” and was transported to a nearby trauma center by ambulance.

While the driver’s identity was withheld, photos from the scene indicate the truck is owned by Wind Gap, PA-based Brothers Auto Transport, LLC.

According to data from the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA), Brothers employs 92 drivers.

New York State Police are investigating the incident.


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