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Sheriff's officials issue reminder after windshield smashed by flying ice

Reminder to clean vehicles before driving

PORTAGE, Wis. - Sheriff's officials in Columbia County who responded to an incident in which ice from one vehicle smashed a truck's windshield are reminding drivers to clear ice and snow from their car before heading out on the roadways.

In a social media post Monday, sheriff's officials said snow and ice broke free from an unknown vehicle and smashed into a truck that was following. 

An adult male driver and child in a car seat were both injured by debris and broken glass, according to the post. 

Authorities remind drivers that state statutes require a vehicle's windshield, side wings, side and rear windows be kept "reasonably clean at all times."  

The fine for violating the law is $173.30. 


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