Westford Man Recounts When Ice Crashed Through His Windshield

WORCESTER (CBS) — A Westford man was driving in New Hampshire Thursday morning when a chunk of ice flew off a truck and smashed into his car.

Doctors at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester believe Stan Raczelowski will make a complete recovery.

The orbits of his eyes are both broken, cheekbones and his nose are all broken.

“I saw this truck on the left of me. It was a tractor trailer truck. It was white or grey. And these large pieces of what I thought was snow were coming off. And before I even had a chance to think, I got hit.”

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports.

Though blood was streaming down his face, he somehow managed to stop his car and get out and check the damage. He was amazed by how much there was.

Raczelowski was able to dial 911 and he was airlifted to UMass Medical Center.

“I hope that something good can come out of this. Perhaps there can be better enforcement of the rules which require people to remove the snow and ice off their car tops and the vans and the tractor trailer trucks.”

“For those who put the trust in the Lord, there’s always a good reason for something. And our life here is short,” said the 64-year-old.

Raczelowski is expected to be released soon, but once the swelling in his face goes down he will have to return to the hospital for surgery.

Late Friday WBZ learned the driver of that truck works for Hillside Plastics in Turners Falls. The company says the man is a good driver, and they’re cooperating with the investigation into what happened.

  • mark

    I had the same thing happen to me on the off ramp from RT 3 north to exit 2 Hudson NH. RT 3A @2:32 PM on 03/03 it was a UPS truck same description. I managed to avoid it by cutting to the right and slowing down. The good lord was on my side. Nobody was to my right or behind me or I might be telling a different story. Truckers CLEAR YOUR ROOFS! It should be law!

  • mark

    Hey WBZ let me know it could be the truck you are looking for. As I stated that was the exact time it happened to me ..as I mention. Let me know. I do not know the license plate but it was a UPS vehicle.

  • metoo

    In New Hampshire, it is a law! Unfortunatly though, our boys in blue rarely enforce it. Maybe this incident will give them some incentive to actually enforce the law?

  • sumu52

    God Bless you Mr Raczelowski, I am glad you are going to be ok. Could have been a different story on the news. Be well. Why do we have laws if no one enforces them? I see this all the time (snow on the roof of car/truck.) never see anyone pulled over for it. Between the bridges, and ice we are lucky not more fatalities this winter

  • Cynic

    No doubt the Trucking Companies will cry that it would cost them MONEY to clear the snow from thier trucks…Thats Tough ! Poor Trucking Companies…I Feel for them.

  • emom

    It was a tractor trailer WHITE , UPS are brown, with a gold globe on the side, unless you mean USPS< which is white and yeah good luck with the government ,, they will claim its no their responsibility, they would claim like well it just snowed or rained and welll the drivers have no way of climbing on the roof of the trucks and they were in transit,, thats what they will try to do,, But good luck.,

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