WATCH: Flying sheet of ice shatters trucker's windshield on the Thruway

When you scrape all the ice and snow off of your car in the winter, do you clean off the roof, too? You're going to want to, after seeing this.

Posted: Jan. 30, 2019 12:16 PM
Updated: Jan. 30, 2019 5:25 PM

When you scrape all the ice and snow off of your car in the winter, do you clean off the roof, too? You're going to want to, after seeing this.

Editor's note: Warning that in the full video, the truck driver can be heard cursing as the ice hits his windshield.

A driver for E.R.L. Intermodal was driving on the Thruway Friday, heading from Oneida County east into Herkimer County, when a mini-van passed him. And when the van got in front of him – a huge sheet of ice flew off the top, and straight into the driver's windshield.

The windshield was shattered and the driver's visibility – zero.

Still, he kept his composure and was able to get the truck and its load safely to the side of the road. And the driver is already back on the road.

The company's safety and compliance manager says he did everything right, and avoided what could have been a huge tragedy.

"This is a new driver with two years’ experience. He did an outstanding job keeping the vehicle under control, straight, his composure, everything he did was just by the book. It was a big save. The truck is very heavy, it was 80,000 pounds, so this could have been a very serious crash,” said Angelo Licardo, the safety and compliance manager.

Authorities say the takeaway is that people might want to check the top of the car for snow and ice, too, and clear it away.

The company is going to give the driver a commendation for his handling of the situation.

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