Family recovering after sheet metal flies off semi, crashing through windshield

It was a terrifying moment for a family driving on I-25 on Wednesday when they said a piece of sheet metal from a semi crashed right through their windshield.

That semi-truck never pulled over, and now the family is looking for any witnesses who may have seen what happened. 

Eddy Lopez and his wife, Jasmine, were driving on I-25 Wednesday around 2 p.m. They had their two daughters in the back seat.

“It was just a quick trip to Albuquerque then back to Belen,” Eddy said. 

The family was headed southbound and had just passed the Los Lunas exit when Eddy said a piece of sheet metal flew off the back of a semi-truck that was driving ahead of them.

“I saw the plate right in front of his face, just inches,” Jasmine said. “It sounded like a small explosion.”

Eddy said when he saw the piece of metal coming at his windshield, there was another car on the right of them, so he had no choice but to keep the steering wheel straight.

The family said the driver of the semi-truck never stopped. When Jasmine looked up she had a piece of glass lodged in her left eye, but her only concern was her two daughters in the backseat.  

“I turned around, my 5-year-old was fine, she was sleeping,” Jasmine said.

However, the couple’s 1-year-old daughter also had a shard of glass stuck in her forehead.

“There was just blood gushing and her whole shirt, a little cardigan, was just covered in red,” Jasmine said. 

Los Lunas police responded to the call. Officers believe the piece of metal may have flown off from the semi truck’s bumper. Eddy said they don’t remember much about the semi other than it was white.

They didn’t get a license plate, but they’re hoping maybe another driver did.

“Hopefully, if anyone saw anything they will say something,” Jasmine said. “Be careful, make sure you’re watching all the license plates and the makes of cars.”

“And if it’s your car that drops something, you should stop,” Eddy said. 

The couple’s 1-year-old had to have stitches but is otherwise okay. There’s also a chance Jasmine may lose some of her vision. If drivers have any information about the incident, they’re urged to call police. 

The New Mexico Department of Transportation has two cameras at that exit. One does face the southbound lanes, but DOT said the camera there runs in real time and does not record.

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