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Girl Left Cut and Bruised After Trucker Failed to Clear Ice off Trailer Before Driving. Mom Issues a Warning

A 6-year-old girl and her family were driving down the interstate in Andover, Massachusettes when a chunk of ice flew off another driver’s tractor-trailer and into the windshield for their car.

As WMTW reports, the 6-year-old, Avery Monge, was inside the vehicle when the ice shattered the windshield of her mother’s car causing ice and glass to injure her face.

She was treated at Lawrence General Hospital for her minor injuries.

Luckily, when WMTW talked with Avery’s mother, the 6-year-old was all smiles and laughter while eating a popsicle, despite the cuts left on her cheek and forehead from the incident.

The mother, Amanda Grenier, told WMTW:

“We were driving, there was an 18 wheeler in front of us. The snow was coming off and I tried to swerve. It went right through the passenger side. I was beeping like crazy, trying to get the guy’s attention.”

She said of the driver:

“The guy looked at my car. He saw I was going crazy beeping and he kept driving.”

Grenier then made a plea to others out there:

“It could have killed her. It could have killed me. It could have killed anybody. Clean off your snow if cars have to do it, 18-wheelers have to do it.”

Massachusettes State Police shared a photo of the mom’s windshield on Twitter:

Because the driver of the tractor-trailer didn’t stop, New Hampshire State Police are asking that anyone who witnessed the incident to contact “Troop C” at 603-358-3333.

Authorities say they do have the license plate number of the tractor-trailer.

The incident led authorities in both New Hampshire and Massachusettes to issues warnings to all drivers of how important it is to make sure cars covered with heavy snow and ice are cleared off completely before operating the vehicle.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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  1. I am a truck driver. All I can say is that it is impossible to clear ice off of the top of a trailer. We can do our best to knock off the sides, but NOT the top. All i can suggest is please, for the love of God, don’t drive so close to 18 wheelers. There have been many times that ice has come off the tops of 4 wheel vehicles and hit the hood of my truck. It is dangerous any way you slice it. So please, no matter what you drive during winter, give yourself distance between vehicles.

  2. I had a refrigerator door sized very thick slab of ice hit my windshield also…luckily part of it hit my hood first and busted it partially up so it took most of the force and didn’t break the windshield.
    I was going 70mph on the expressway around a slight curve in the road. The ice came off a huge semi traveling in the opposite direction around the same curve. The huge thick slab flew thru the air…tumbling end over end …over the median. It hit me with a loud bang making the car shudder and completely blocked my windshield making it totally white for a couple seconds. There was a huge dent in my hood.
    I feel if it hadn’t hit the hood first..or if I would have panicked and swerved in heavy traffic..I might not be here now. Not to mention others I might have hit when my vision was blocked.
    Truckers should be fined for driving with snow and ice on top of their trucks. All other types of vehicles also. Very dangerous.

  3. Why was this six yr old sitting in the front seat? In Indiana, the age limit that a child must be is 8 before they can sit alone without being in a car seat! The mother would have been ticketed!!

  4. Being a Truck Driver, It is impossible to clean off the tops completely. We are not equipped to get to the tops of the 13 foot trailer. This is a lesson that should be taught on Following Distance, and safe driving around trucks. This was not the trucker’s fault. Period. Please Please Please stop following close, stop cutting us off, Give us room on all sides of us. Your lives are at risk! When you follow too close you only put your life in danger, not ours. We are humans too, we do not want to cause anyone harm we just want to go about our day.

  5. The driver sits 70 feet in front of the car and she thinks he could have heard her car horn, I think not , I say this from my own experience as a driver . Glad the little girl is ok.

  6. I’m with the truckers on this one. My dad was a cross country driver for decades and would sometimes come home with tales of stupidity (like following too closely, shining your lights in the truckers’ side view mirrors, expecting an 18-wheeler to be able to stop like cars can, and many, many more!). His tales were fascinating and I always came away with such an awe for him to always be able to avoid the idiots out there who seem bent on getting themselves killed through stupidity. It also gave me a great insight, obviously, on what NOT to do around trucks! Some of it, though, is an obvious no-brainer. I am glad this little girl is okay, but I hope the mom has learned her lesson.

  7. Yes the 6 year old should have been in a booster safety seat in the back seat. Also, there is no need to be behind a tractor trailer that close. If you can’t see our side mirrors, the we can’t see you. How much snow blew off the too of her car? Hmmmm?

  8. Your child should not been in front seat as not old enough to be in front anything can happen safe places is the back seat but happy both you are okay God bless your family

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