Fayette County

Ice chunk from PODS unit shatters windshield, injures passenger

A chunk of ice flew off a truck on New Circle Road Saturday afternoon and went through the windshield of another vehicle, sending one man to the hospital.

The injured man, who was not identified, was a passenger in a Toyota Sequoia that was driving behind a delivery truck for the PODS storage unit company. The ice flew off of the PODS storage unit being carried on the truck as the vehicles were traveling on the inner loop of New Circle near Richmond Road at about 3:45 p.m., said Lt. Chris Van Brackel of the Lexington police.

He said the man received "a small cut to his face" and was taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital because of concern that he might have gotten glass in his eye.

"That could have been a lot worse," Van Brackel said, particularly if the driver of the Sequoia had been injured.

He said the ice chunk that shattered the windshield was at least one inch thick by six inches wide.

The lesson for motorists, he said, is that "increased following distance is what keeps you safe."