CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A morning drive down I-77 is taking a toll on a Charlotte woman.

"Totally shocking!" said Courtney Holliday. "In that split second not fully knowing why he's coming over, this is how I'm going to die."

Holliday didn't want to go on camera, but her video speaks for itself.

"He came over the spike strips and debris flew off his car and then debris was all over the interstate," Holliday said.

Holliday had a close-call, but some drivers aren't as fortunate. 

In March, the driver of a Jeep survived after a wheel came loose from a boat trailer in Lenoir County. Remarkably the driver walked away with minor injuries, but in many cases, the results can be deadly.

A  study by AAA uncovered more than 500 deaths between 2011 and 2014 as a result of road debris. In 2017, there were nearly 700 crashes caused by debris and 179 people were seriously hurt in North Carolina.

"Kind of runs the gambit," said Tim Anderson, a spokesperson for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Anderson has seen it all.

"We find sofas, lots of mattresses, purses, we found toilets on the road," Anderson said.

He says contractors clean-up about 20 tons of roadside debris every month. 

Experts at AAA say to avoid something like this, keep your head on a swivel, and don't tailgate. If you do come face to face with something, slow down safely.

"At fifty-five miles per hour, an object weighing just twenty pounds that falls from a vehicle strikes with the impact of half a ton," said a law enforcement officer. 


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