A Texas mother died instantly when a wheel smashed through her windshield after coming loose from a Dodge pickup truck in a freak accident while she was driving her teenage son home from baseball.
Carol Hardy, 52, was traveling in a white GMC pickup with her 17-year-old son, Kayden, in a southbound lane on the Eastex Freeway in New Caney when the wheel from the Dodge travelling northbound flew over the concrete partition.
Her son, who had been playing baseball in Lufkin, was asleep in the backseat at the time of the wreck at around 7.15pm on Thursday, was taken to hospital with a hand injury. He is now back home, while the 16-year-old driver of the Dodge was unhurt.
After the wheel struck, the Hardys’ truck rear-ended a nearby Buick, injuring the driver, a father, who was driving with his three children. The family of four were taken to hospital and released with light injuries, ABC13 reported.
No charges have yet been filed against the Dodge driver and the crash is still under investigation.
However, mechanical engineer Mike Poutous, of Poutous Collision and Mechanical, said the incident may have been caused by the rupture of one of the hub bearings – which attaches the wheel to the vehicle’s chassis.