Concrete breaks through windshield knocking driver unconscious causing crash

Woman taken to hospital

By Rod Meloni - Reporter, CFP ® , John Steckroth - Editor , Derick Hutchinson

WARREN, Mich. - A chunk of concrete went flying through a woman’s windshield Wednesday morning hitting her in the side of the head and knocking her unconscious on I-696 in Warren.

According to Michigan State Police, the 42-year old Grosse Pointe woman was heading westbound around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday when the concrete broke through the windshield of her Buick Enclave. The woman was knocked unconscious and veered into the Pontiac Grand Prix beside her, causing both cars to careen into the barrier.

The concrete snapped her sunglasses in half and sliced her forehead.

The woman came to as medical officials helped her into an ambulance. She was taken to St. John's Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The concrete appears to have come from the road. A patching crew fixed the hole in the highway near Hoover Road soon after the crash.

Officials said the piece of highway weighed at least 10-12 pounds.

Nick Schade, of Chesterfield, said he experienced almost the same fate on that stretch of I-696 while driving last week.

"It happens in the blink of an eye, and before I knew it, glass was everywhere," Schade said.

His car, which is still in the shop, had new window tinting on it, and he thinks that might have prevented the rock from hitting him in the face. But the piece of concrete fell through and landed on the dashboard, disorienting him.

"Everything hitting you, and now knowing what's hitting you all at once, it's very scary," Schade said.

Michigan State Police is giving the chuck of highway from Wednesday morning's incident to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

"I'm just praying that she is OK and that goes beyond everything," Schade said. "Michigan roads are horrible and we need to do something about them."

The Macomb Road Commission sent a crew out to put cold patch in the hole where the chunk came out of the ground.

Michigan State Police troopers said this was a wrong place, wrong time accident.

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