Woman's windshield smashed by falling concrete on US-23 in Green Oak Township

Driver not seriously injured

By Steve Garagiola - Reporter/Anchor, Derick Hutchinson

GREEN OAK TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A piece of falling concrete smashed into a woman's windshield after it broke off of an overpass on US-23 in Green Oak Township.

Police said the woman was driving on the highway, passing under a railroad crossing, when a chunk of concrete smashed into her windshield.

The woman wasn't seriously hurt, but she didn't want to talk about the incident on camera.

"She's a little shaken up," her husband said. "This is the first time something like this has happened to her."

The concrete chunk was small enough that it didn't smash through her windshield.

"The windshield just, like, exploded in front of her," he said. "She was covered with glass inside. Luckily she was wearing her lenses, her glasses, so there was no glass that got in her eyes."

Many bridges, roads and overpasses in Michigan have concrete that is crumbling.

"We seem obsessed with not spending money on updating, or repairing, our infrastructure, and this is the kind of stuff that happens," he said. "They need some sort of fencing if they're not going to fix it right away. Some sort of netting or something to keep those chunks from falling down and injuring, or even killing, people."

Representatives from CSX Railroad said several railroads use the same rails, so they're not sure if they have jurisdiction. They said they're looking into it.

The couple filed a police report, but there are no indications there was anything criminal about the incident.

They said they replaced the windshield on Monday.

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