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The Doctors share the story and look at photos of a man who was driving behind a truck when a giant piece of metal flew off of it and impaled him through the right side of his chest and shoulder. The five-foot piece of iron rod took ten doctors to remove it in a three-hour operation. The man was left with intense scars but luckily the surgery was a success and his wounds are healing.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says this highlights the dangers of these large items falling off of trucks. Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra says it’s actually the swerving to avoid these objects that is the most dangerous part. She says 37% of people who die from things falling in the road is because they swerve to avoid it and lose control of their car.
Dr. Travis shares a story from his days in the ER of a woman who came in partially decapitated, with half her skull missing and her brain exposed, after a manhole cover came off the back of a truck! This has caused him to always be cautious about driving near trucks on the road. “If you are right behind something, and you’re only ten feet behind it, move back, give it space!” Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon adds not only trucks but also cars with items on top like skis or bikes should be given lots of space.