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Driver asks for better inspections after debris from truck hits car

A Fort Saskatchewan woman is asking commercial truck drivers to do stricter inspections of their vehicles after she had a close call with a large piece of flying debris on an Alberta highway.

'If it had come through my windshield, I would not have been so lucky to stand here'

Jess Sereda had a close call earlier this week when a piece of debris came flying off of a semi truck in front of her car, smashing into her bumper. (Travis McEwan/CBC)

A Fort Saskatchewan woman is asking commercial truck drivers to do stricter inspections of their vehicles after she had a close call with a large piece of flying debris on an Alberta highway.

Jess Sereda drives 60 kilometres from her home in Fort Saskatchewan to her teaching job in Thorhild five times a week.

She said she’s used to sharing the road with large trucks carrying big loads.

“On my drive, it’s not uncommon to come across objects flying out of the loads of semis or being driven over and shot out by their wheels and they don’t seem to be aware that it’s happening.”

Sereda said her insurance company will pay for the damage caused by the flying debris. (Twitter/Jess Sereda)
However, she had never had a problem with any of the trucks
– until this week.

“I passed a semi truck as I was coming up a hill and saw a piece of metal come out from underneath the back section of the truck and it hit the front of my vehicle and sparked on the road.”

The flying metal hit her car’s front bumper, cracking it.

“It came too fast to do anything about it. I didn't have any time to react to it. There was definitely some fear that if it had come through my windshield, I would not have been so lucky to stand here,” she said. 

The province does thousands of commercial vehicle inspections every year, but Sereda said she would like to see individual drivers do more to ensure safety on the roads.

“I think there are systems in place that try to ensure that trucks are doing what they need to do, but I think a lot of it comes down to the individual drivers to make sure that everything is working properly in their truck and that their loads are tied down.”

“I hope that the truck companies are doing all they can to make sure that they have safe vehicles on the road, and are doing their proper investigation of the parts and things like that … but you can’t be sure.”

Although her insurance company will cover the cost of the repairs, Sereda said it may take some time before she’s comfortable

“Every vehicle that I passed that was a big truck, I was definitely on the lookout for things coming out from it. It's a little worrying.”

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