Truck Tire Crashes Through Roof

A runaway tire flew off an 18-wheeler on the Schuylkill Expressway on October 22, 2012. It hit a car, went airborne and then came crashing down through the roof of a nearby building on Vare Avenue.

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A truck tire flew off an 18-wheeler on the Schuylkill Expressway, hit a car and then...
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The tire went airborne and crashed back down through the roof of a nearby building on Vare Avenue.
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The impact knocked a hole through the ceiling and made a mess.
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The workers inside didn't know what to think when they heard the big thud.
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Once they got up on the roof, workers found the evidence nearby. They initially thought the tire may have fallen off an airplane.
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But someone from Philly International Airport came out, took a look and said the tire did NOT come from a plane.
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It took PennDOT, the Philly fire department and airport officials a little while to figure it out the tire was from a big rig.
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The tire came off an 18-wheeler, according to Pennsylvania State Police and the driver didn't realize it until he got to a dump in West Deptford, N.J.
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Close to 30 people were inside the building when the tire blew a hole in the roof.
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Those workers got sent home for the day because they were pretty shaken up.
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Crews spent the rest of the morning patching over the hole with plywood.
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No one inside the building was hurt.
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A woman in the car that the tire hit before it went airborne was also pretty shaken up. She was taken to the hospital to get checked out.
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