NEWBURY, MASS. (WHDH) — A woman who narrowly escaped serious injury when a piece of concrete fell off a bridge and landed on top of her car while driving on I-95 in Newbury is sounding the alarm to alert other drivers do what happened.
Barbara Hagerthy said she was with her boyfriend on their way home to Maine from a concert in Boston on Sunday night when something slammed into the windshield of their car. They weren’t hurt, but they had no idea what hit their car or if someone threw objects from the overpass.
“It sounded like a body fell on your car,” Hagerthy said. “I mean, it was the loudest ‘Boom, thump!'”
They drove to the Newbury State Police barracks to alert the soldiers, who notified MassDOT.
“We are shocked and shocked. We knew we had to stop immediately and figure out what hit us,” Hagerthy said. “It shattered the whole windshield, there was debris on top of the car, you could see where the concrete had shattered the wiper, it was a mess.”
Hagerthy said the damage to her car is approximately $1,000, which MassDOT will cover. But she was eager to speak out and alert other drivers to a hidden danger on the freeways and hoped what happened to her won’t happen to anyone.
She also said it will be a few more days before she returns to the streets in the area.
“I still can’t believe what happened to us on the Autobahn. I really hope they find someone out there to look into this and make sure other people are safe,” she said.
MassDOT inspected the bridge, state police said, although no update was available at the time of reporting what they found.
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