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Tire flies off one vehicle and crashes into another

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A freak accident on the freeway Saturday morning has one driver grateful he's alive. A tire came off a vehicle heading the opposite direction and landed right on top of his car.

It was about 10 a.m. and Visanoukphone Senesombath was headed north on the Interstate 15, just north of the 52 when suddenly he saw a large tire headed straight at him.

“I just saw it coming down from the air and that was it, everything blacked out,” Senesombath said.

The tire slammed into his windshield, crushing it, ripping it apart, peeling the paint off his car. The tire hit the passenger side and was just inches away from actually landing on top of him. 

Though Senesombath was stunned, he was able to maintain control of his car.

“I pulled over, it was bad. I'm still in shock right now,” he said.

The tire -- appeared to be almost brand new -- flew off a silver Jeep that had been heading down the I-15 in the opposite direction. Senesombath understandably shaken over what could've happened.

There have been other cases where drivers haven't been so lucky.

Back in 2011, a New Jersey father of three was killed on the Garden State Parkway after a tire from a Honda landed on his windshield. His daughter sitting in the passenger seat escaped unharmed.

And just last year, a driver in Atlanta died on the freeway after a tire and rim flew off a pickup truck headed the opposite direction and crashed into her mini van.

“That tire comes off the vehicle on the rim has a lot of weight and momentum, starts bouncing goes off the wall, you don't even know it's coming until it's too late,” one man said. 

No one was hurt in Saturday's accident. CBS News 8 was unable to talk to the driver of the Jeep, so it's unclear if he or she knows why that tire came off. It's also unclear if that driver will be cited for anything. We contacted the CHP to find out, but did not receive a call back.

Experts with AAA, say even though you have no time to react -- if an object comes flying at you down the freeway drivers can help minimize accidents like this by making sure their vehicles are properly maintained.

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