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21 Apr 2018 8:29
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  •   Home > News > Accident and Emergency

    Steel beam smashes car windshield

    A Christchurch man had a close call when a steel beam smashed through the windshield of his car while he was driving.


    A Christchurch man has been left shaken after a steel beam smashed through his car windshield while he was driving.

    A 15cm beam smashed directly into the passenger side of Kaibos Mapuranga's car windshield while he was driving on the outskirts of Christchurch on Sunday morning, reports Fairfax Media.

    The 55-year-old says he doesn't know where the beam came from and couldn't see any construction sites nearby or any vehicles it may have come off.

    A similar incident claimed the life of a man in Wanaka in 2013 after an object smashed through his car.

    Police were mystified as to what crashed through the windscreen of 22-year-old Rutger Hale's car, which ended up smashing through the rear window as well.

    The object that killed Mr Hale was never identified, though it's believed it came off a ute.

    A police spokeswoman says drivers need to call police immediately if they come across something blocking the road or are involved in a road incident.

    "If there is potential for (the object on the road) to cause danger to the public, people are encouraged to call 111," she said.


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