Falling ice from semi damages car

12:36 AM, Jan 4, 2013   |    comments
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Kandi Banda says she was driving on Interstate 96 when ice fell off the top of a semi-truck and smashed into her windshield.

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)-A Coopersville woman is out $250 after a sheet of ice crashed into her car, shattering her windshield.

The day after Christmas, Kandi Banda says she was about to pass a semi-truck on Interstate 96 when a large sheet of ice flew off the semi and smashed into her windshield.

"I didn't even know what hit at first, but then I looked up and I could see it flying away," said Banda. "If it had come through our windshield, it would have hit me."

No one was hurt. Banda's insurance covered the damage, except for her $250 deductible. She says the trucking company refused to cover her deductible, calling the incident an act of God.

Michigan State Police say there is no federal law prohibiting semi-trucks from traveling with ice and snow on top of their rigs. But troopers say there are warning signs.

"Typically when that's going to happen, small pieces are going to fall off first and you don't want to stay behind a semi too long," says Sergeant Brad Cushman.

Troopers say accidents like this are unfortunate, but rare.

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