MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A motorist is lucky to have only suffered minor injuries after being hit by a large chunk of ice Monday morning in the east Twin Cities metro.

The Minnesota State Patrol says a large chunk of ice flew off a semitrailer Monday morning on Interstate 694 near Highway 36. The driver of the vehicle hit suffered minor injuries.

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“The windshield shattered in front of my daughter and me. It’s frightening to see that hard impact spot directly over my daughter’s head and face,” the driver said. “I couldn’t hug or touch my daughter at all until we were home and showered because it caused us both to bleed.”

The driver was appreciative of the efforts of all who helped her and her daughter.

“Even the tow truck driver was compassionate,” she said. “Everyone seemed to understand what it is like to be shaken up by a car accident.”

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Authorities say the driver of the semi-truck was not cited, but the company will cover costs to repair the motorist’s vehicle. The State Patrol says it’s your responsibility to clear your vehicle of snow and ice before hitting the road.

“Whatever the Fed Ex truck was hauling, it is not as precious as what was riding in my front seat,” the driver said.

(credit: Minnesota State Patrol)

(credit: Minnesota State Patrol)

(credit: Minnesota State Patrol)

(credit: Minnesota State Patrol)

If you see a vehicle or semi that is not cleared, increase your following distance and be on the lookout for falling ice or snow from the vehicle in front of you.

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