Dropped roofing nails + rain = new tires for Gainesville driver

Photo provided by Kate Holden.

Kate Holden was driving in a Gainesville downpour at the corner of Archer and Tower roads Thursday afternoon when she saw something in the road in front of her.

"I didn't see them until I got really close," she said. "I didn't know what they were."

They turned out to be roofing nails - hundreds of them. Holden said she didn't want to risk swerving and hitting someone else. " I just took the brunt and landed 100 nails in my tires," she said.

Holden said 60 nails punctured one front tire while 40 punctured the other. She said the nails were short so they didn't immediately deflate her tires, but she could hear them hissing.

Luckily she could afford to get them replaced, but she asks construction crews to secure their equipment so it doesn't happen to someone else.

"That could have wrecked someone's life," Holden said.

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