Woman talks about highway scare when concrete comes crashing through car

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It was a case of horror on the highway for a local woman and her daughter.

Melinda Davis Boles, of Canton, said she and her 13-year-old daughter were heading home from Cleveland, traveling under the Chardon Rd. bridge overpass in the southbound lanes of I-271 on Saturday when she heard a "boom;" a concrete chunk crashed through the vehicle, landing near the driver's seat.

She said her wrist was crushed; her daughter, Destanee, hurt her head.

"I see the windshield is shattered and I pull over to the side of the road and I get her out. I'm concentrating on her. I still don't know what happened. Is there any physical damage? She's screaming; she's yelling; she's crying."

The Ohio Department of Transportation sent out an inspector Saturday to look at the bridge and both overnight Saturday and Sunday night, crews closed lanes to look further at the bridge and perform routine bridge maintenance operations of removing any pieces that could become loose.

Patrolman Anthony Mino with the Willoughby Hills Police Departments said, "We have had incidents in the past where debris is coming off the bridge or cars have been damaged by items coming from the bridge."

ODOT ruled it wasn't necessary for netting to be put up and that there was no imminent danger, despite past warnings from police.

Still,  Boles warns something more permanent needs to be done to prevent future, potentially deadly, incidents.

She added, "I just want them to get this bridge fixed, you know? This could be, somebody could die behind this, and that's my concern."

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