Piece of metal flies through Minnesota woman's windshield

Authorities blame it on improperly secured cargo.
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No matter how many times the Minnesota State Patrol reminds us of the dangers of unsecured loads, something inevitably flies off the back of a truck and almost kills someone.

It's happened again, this time in Maple Grove northbound Interstate 494.

According to a Friday morning Facebook post from the State Patrol, a piece of metal "flew off" a truck, bounced on the road, and then crashed through the windshield of a Jeep being driven by a 38-year-old woman:

(As an aside, the GoMN staff think that hunk of metal looks more like a side of raw turkey.)

Luckily, the patrol says, the victim managed to walk away with just a few minor cuts. No citations have been issued, however, because the driver of the truck was not found. 

"We can’t say this enough: Make sure anything you’re transporting is properly secured," the State Patrol writes, as "improperly or unsecured loads can kill people."

Case in point, Thomas Willis Ely, a 57-year-old motorcyclist who was killed this past June in Scott County when a lawn chair and a roll of carpet fell off the back of a truck and hit him, the Pioneer Press reported.

Here are some tips on how to keep your cargo properly secured if you're using a truck or trailer. Failing to do so is against state law, and can result in misdemeanor charges.

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