WILMINGTON — A Methuen man was hospitalized with a minor head injury when a block of wood crashed through the front driver-side windshield of his car as he drove down Interstate 93 Wednesday morning, authorities say.
The block of wood bounced from the southbound side of Interstate 93 and into the northbound lane, striking the injured 33-year-old's 2012 Toyota Camry, according to state trooper James DeAngelis.
The unidentified man was transported to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington and his car was towed, DeAngelis said.
The incident remains under investigation.
The accident was revealed to police when the driver of a vehicle a few cars behind a cargo truck called 911 to report a piece of debris that appeared to have come from the area of the truck at around 9:20 a.m.
According to DeAngelis, the caller was unsure if the debris came from the back of the truck or if it had been kicked up off Interstate 93 by the vehicle as it traveled down the road.
The caller witnessed the debris bounce across the road and into the northbound lane, slamming into the front of a car, DeAngelis said. The operator of the vehicle struck by the block of wood, who was the lone occupant of the car, called 911 moments later.
"He claimed he had a head injury, but was OK," DeAngelis said.
The identity of the truck involved in the incident is unknown at this time.
The Wilmington Police Department posted photos of the damaged vehicle on their social media pages. The agency used the incident to remind drivers to take time to secure all items that could fall off vehicles or trailers.