A driver has survived a terrifying near-miss after a tyre detached from a lorry and crushed his oncoming car.
Police said the man is “the luckiest driver in the world” after he survived the 22.5-inch tyre crashing through his windscreen on the M6.
The driver of this car is the luckiest person in the world right now. This tyre detached from an HGV on the M6 at jct28, crossed the central barrier & struck an oncoming vehicle. How they got it to the shoulder and got out is beyond us. Thankfully minor injuries. #T1TacOps pic.twitter.com/Z6chvf7ubD
— Lancs Road Police (@LancsRoadPolice) May 20, 2019
Pictures of the stricken car show the devastating impact of the heart-stopping near miss, with the roof and windscreen of the white Peugeot crushed by the wheel.
According to Lancashire Police, the huge tyre became detached from a HGV as it travelled southbound on the M6 near Leyland.
The tyre then bounced across multiple lanes of traffic and over the central reservation, before crashing into the Peugeot on the northbound carriageway.
A spokesman for Lancashire Road Police said: “The driver of this car is the luckiest person in the world right now.
“How they got it to the shoulder and got out is beyond us. Thankfully minor injuries.”
According to the stunned driver, his young son had earlier begged to join him on the trip.
Fortunately, his dad had been unable to take him at the last minute. When the tyre crashed through the roof of the car it crushed the boy’s empty car seat.
The officer added: “The driver’s young son wanted to come out with dad.
“Thankfully he was unable to take him, but it doesn’t bear thinking about what would have happened had his son been in this car seat.”
It is not yet known how the tyre came loose. Police have been approached for comment.
A version of this story first appeared in our sister title The Lancashire Evening Post