In what has been described as an “incredibly bizarre” tragedy, an American woman has been killed after a drain cover flew through the windscreen of her car.
The car veered into a wall in the left lane of the southbound Interstate 93 highway in Boston, Massachusetts, after the 90kg projectile crashed into the vehicle.
The victim, who has been identified as primary school teacher Caitlin Clavette was on her daily commute to work when the accident happened, shortly before 8am on Friday, reports the Boston Globe.
Massachusetts police are investigating how the cast-iron manhole cover was dislodged but think that a possible cause could be from “excessive wear or deformation” of the cover.
Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker said that crews were carrying out safety checks
on over 500 drain covers and utility panels along highways in surrounding areas.
He described the incident as an “incredibly bizarre” tragedy as the manhole cover was last inspected in June 2014.
In a tribute to the victim, the head of Glover Elementary School said: “She was a talented and valued member of our faculty.”
Two lanes of the highway were closed while police removed the victim’s body and carried out their investigations.
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Source: [SKY NEWS]