Truck driver unscathed after flying wheel destroys cabin

The driver of a gravel truck walked away uninjured after a wheel came off a truck traveling in the opposite direction and smashed into his windscreen in Changhua County yesterday, August 10.

Mr Jian was traveling in the northbound lanes of the West Coast Expressway at around 11:00 am when a left, rear wheel from a semi-trailer traveling southbound came off the trailer, bounced over the center guardrail, and landed on the passenger side of the gravel truck’s cabin.

Fortunately, Mr Jian was not carrying a passenger at the time.

The accident left the 60-year-old gravel truck driver shaken, but not injured.

“You should buy a lottery ticket,” a passerby called out to Mr Jian.

Mr Jian and the driver of the semi-trailer, named Tang, were both breath tested and found not to be affected by alcohol.

Police said that according to Article 33 of the Road Traffic Management Penalty Regulations, if a vehicle is driving on an expressway and a wheel, tire rubber, or other vehicle parts fall off, a fine of NT$4,500 to NT$6,000 will be imposed.

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