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Airborne bucket arm tears a hole in driver's car

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Posted at 8:52 AM, Dec 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-21 08:53:34-05

CITY OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Buffalo driver narrowly avoided disaster after an airborne arm of a bucket truck nearly smashed into his windshield while driving on East Niagara Street in the City of Tonawanda.

Police say a box style truck with a bucket arm attached to it's roof tried to make it under an overpass on East Niagara St., Wednesday night, but was too tall to make it through. The bucket arm broke off from the truck, went airborne and then crashed into a passing vehicle, barely missing driver's side window. The bucket tore a large gash in the side of the car. Luckily, no one was injured.

The driver of the truck, Paul Phillips, 57, was issued a summons for exceeding the height limit on the bridge.