CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Debris on I-85 left several cars with flat tires in Charlotte Tuesday night.
State highway patrol said the hazard fell off a passenger vehicle. A total of eight cars had tire damage. No injuries were reported.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation said drivers caught with improperly secured items can face up to $2,000 in fines. Last year, unsecured loads led to 657 crashes, nearly 200 injuries and four deaths in the tar heel state.
Robin Abel knows the statistics all too well. Her daughter, Maria, was permanently disabled after a piece of particle board crashed through her windshield on the highway.
"They shouldn't get that call saying your child's not coming home because somebody left something on the freeway that should''ve been tied down," said Abel.
Tiffany Wright, spokesperson for AAA of Carolinas, said worn or improperly inflated tires can really lead to road debris because we're taking about blowouts that can potentially be very dangerous.
"We can do our part to be good car owners, make sure tires are inflated, so we're not dangerous on the road and endangering the lives of others," Wright said.