Student feared for his life as pumpkin smashes through windshield

A pumpkin smashed through a car windshield on Interstate 70 in Indiana on Sunday and came within inches of hitting the driver.

“I just started shaking because I guess I was so scared,” said Caleb Needham, the car’s owner.

The car now has a busted windshield, and sitting in the passenger’s seat surrounded by shattered glass is the pumpkin that did the damage.

“I entered like a shocked state. I’m like, ‘What just happened? Where did this pumpkin come from?’ I could honestly just have died right there,” said Needham.

Around 4 a.m., Needham, who is an Indiana State University student, was heading home after going to some haunted houses with friends. He was on I-70 in Hendricks County when he saw a semitrailer swerve. Seconds later, a pumpkin flew through his windshield.”

Read about this terrifying story here.

Of course, some prankster threw the pumpkin off the overpass which would have killed this driver had it landed directly in front of him. There’s been an alarming trend of objects being thrown from overpasses at unknowing drivers. After the shock of such an incident, these drivers are left to also deal with the damage to their vehicle. Depending on insurance coverage, the cost may not have to be out of pocket.

At IAS Auto Glass we offer resonably auto glass repair and replacement. In fact we also offer mobile service at no additional charge. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass service page for more information.

How rock chip damage is repaired on windshields

What Type of Windshield Rock Chips Can Be Repaired?

In some cases a chip isn’t even a chip. It’s just dirt from the rock. Give the spot a quick rub with a rag. If the stars align in your favor, you’ll discover the mar is only a particularly stubborn bit of dirt.

Most of the time, unfortunately, your eyes haven’t been misled. The damage is real, and you’ll need to get it taken care of. Here are the types of chips that may repairable:

  • Small chips: Chips 1 ¼ inches or smaller can usually be repaired. Place a quarter on the chip. If the chip and any cracks that radiate out are covered, you’re in luck. Damage that covers an area larger than a quarter may be too much to mend.
  • Certain shapes: What do bullseyes, flowers and stars have in common? They all describe the various shapes a rock chip can take. These types of chips can usually be filled. If the center of the chip consists of crushed glass, it may be beyond help.”

Having a rock flung into your windshield from a tractor trailer or other large vehicle can be extremely frustrating. It’s not your fault, but little can be done to get compensation for the damage. The one thing you don’t want to do is wait too long to get it fixed. If you do, there is a chance the crack will spread and not be able to be repaired.

The team at IAS Auto Glass offers rock chip repairs in 30 minutes or less. Those who are in the twin cities metro area may even be eligible for free mobile service too! Call us at 952-797-4374 to schedule an appointment or visit our rock chip repair page for more information.