NEW ROCHELLE (CBSNewYork) – Two people are in the hospital after a freak accident on the Hutchinson River Parkway during the morning rush.
Police say a tire of a minivan came off while it was driving north on the parkway near Exit 16 in New Rochelle around 7 a.m. on Monday. The tire flew over the median and struck the SUV of a mother and daughter who were traveling in the southbound lane, smashing the vehicle’s windshield and roof.READ MORE: Driver Arrested After Car Slams Into Scaffolding On East Side
“We really take things like that for granted that things like that can just fly out of nowhere while you’re driving it’s scary,” Bronx resident Jarohan Garcia told CBS2’s Marc Liverman.
The mother and daughter were rushed to Westchester Medical Center with injuries from the smashed glass but their wounds have fortunately been listed as minor.READ MORE: DMX Dies At Age 50 After Days On Life Support At White Plains Hospital
Drivers who use the parkway say there are a few things they do to stay prepared for the unexpected.
“Setting my phone to do not disturb when I drive,” Garcia added. “When you’re driving the unexpected happens on the road and you’re distracted with something else that you’re doing in your car that might be a double edged sword.”
“It all depends on what cars are around you. You can look around you see if you can get out of the way,” a Long Island resident named Tim said.MORE NEWS: Undocumented Workers In New York State Now Eligible For Pandemic Relief, $2.1 Billion In Aid Set Aside In State Budget
Police have not said whether any charges would have to be filed because of the accident.