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I-65 Driver Seeks Answers to Exploding Window
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) It was Sunday afternoon around 2 p.m., and Yahshua Kickliter of Fairhope was in Mobile, driving his Ford Ranger pickup north on Interstate 65. He'd just passed the Government Street exit, nearing the Airport Blvd. interchange, when, without any warning or apparent reason, his driver side window just exploded.
"The whole thing just went, 'booshhhhh!'" he exclaimed. "And glass came flying in at me. My first reaction was to duck, and when I ducked, I lost control of my truck."
Yashua didn't have much time to react. He was going about 65 miles per hour, so he did the only thing he could do. He pulled off into the grass.
His first reaction?
"Honestly, I thought I'd been shot," he said. "I didn't know. It took me a few minutes to wrap my head around things. And once I examined myself I saw a little bit of blood. I thought it was from the glass."
Yahshua's injuries were minor, a few small abrasions. But his desire to know what caused his window to explode, nothing minor about that. And he has a theory, although he has no way of proving it.
"Definitely some kind of kids or teens with a pellet gun," he suggested, "because I just can't imagine a rock flying up out of nowhere when there are vehicles behind me, vehicles ahead of me and nothing beside me."
Yahshua has replaced the broken window, and his abrasions on his face are quickly healing. But his need to know why his truck window exploded literally in his face? It's there every time he gets behind the wheel.
"This is a serious incident," he said. "I could have had one of my children in with me, I could have easily wrapped this vehicle around a pole, it could have been my life. I could ahve veered off into oncoming traffic and killed somebody else."
Yahshua immediately called 911, then filed a police report. He's taken to social media to see if anyone else has had a similar experience.
Local 15 News contacted Mobile Police, who they tell us they will ask their own officers if they've written up any similar reports.
If you know of one, Mobile Police and Local 15 News would like to hear from you, too.