Driver hit by debris from bridge 11 days after major crash into it

Driver hit by debris from bridge 11 days after major crash into it
The state says it’s probable the piece fell because of the damage from an earlier crash.

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Len Brown’s driving a rental car right now.

His car is in the shop, because it was destroyed by a piece of debris that fell from a bridge Friday.

“Literally it was like an explosion in the car,” he said.

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Brown says concrete fell on him as he was driving under the East Avenue bridge on I-76 in Akron.

Driver hit by debris from bridge 11 days after major crash into it

“What are the odds? You know, of something like that happening?” Brown said.

He says he soon found out, the odds unfortunately may have been greater under that specific bridge.

Pictures from an accident that happened at the beginning of this month show a truck hauling a big bulldozer ran into the East Avenue bridge.

ODOT says the crash did a lot of damage to the bridge, but an inspector said it was safe to reopen a couple days later.

“Somehow this piece got overlooked,” Brown said about the piece of concrete that hit him.

The state says it’s probable the piece fell because of the damage from the earlier crash.

"People can still use two of the lanes on the bridge, but ODOT says the other two are still shut down because of the first incident.

“It makes you wonder what’s going to happen when you go under a bridge or something,” Brown said.

ODOT says it did another inspection after Brown got hit, and deemed this bridge safe for people to go over and under.

Brown wasn’t hurt, but says he doesn’t want someone else to be

“I just consider myself very lucky,” he said.

Brown plans to file a claim with the state Monday to help pay for the damage to his car.

ODOT says it’s going to be a while before the entire bridge is back open. It says has to engineer a plan to fix several damaged beams.

Then, the state has to put out a bid for the work to be done.

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