Bridge inspections continue after chunk falls onto moving car - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Bridge inspections continue after chunk falls onto moving car

Inspections continue for the Chardon Road bridge over I-271 in Willoughby Hills. (Source: WOIO) Inspections continue for the Chardon Road bridge over I-271 in Willoughby Hills. (Source: WOIO)
The concrete chunk that crashed into the car. (Source: WOIO) The concrete chunk that crashed into the car. (Source: WOIO)
The piece crashed right through the windshield as Melanda Davis was driving on I-271. (Source: WOIO) The piece crashed right through the windshield as Melanda Davis was driving on I-271. (Source: WOIO)
Davis and her teenaged daughter suffered minor injuries. (Source: WOIO) Davis and her teenaged daughter suffered minor injuries. (Source: WOIO)
WILLOUGHBY HILLS, OH (WOIO) -

Melanda Davis and her 13-year-old daughter were injured Saturday when a chunk of the Chardon Road bridge over Interstate 271 in Willoughby Hills fell off and landed on her car.

She now is represented by attorney John Reagan.

"We are interested in making sure this does not happen to other people," said Reagan. 

Police in Willoughby Hills have had complaints before of debris falling from the bridge, but Saturday's incident was the first time anyone was injured. The injuries to Davis and her child are not considered serious, but the incident has left them shaken.

"We've had several incidents where debris has fallen off the bridge," said Ptl. Anthony Mino.

A statement from ODOT read in part, inspectors made necessary repairs over the weekend and there is no imminent danger of any more concrete falling from the bridge.

"ODOT hopefully will take care of the problem in the near future," said Mino.

For the third day in a row, bridge inspections will continue. Overnight Monday, ODOT maintenance crews will close one lane on the I-271 southbound express lanes at Chardon Road from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. in order to perform bridge maintenance operations similar to work that was completed over the weekend over the north and southbound local lanes. These operations will include removing any potentially loose pieces from the underside of the Chardon Road bridge.

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