OKLAHOMA CITY – You drive under them every day and assume they’re safe.
But a metro woman said a local bridge recently gave her a huge scare.
Stephanie Whiteman said it happened without warning.
“I was worried about the windshield coming towards me into my face and hurting me,” she said.
A large piece of concrete from the N.W. 23rd St. bridge on I-44 suddenly fell from above Tuesday morning, cracking her windshield and shattering her piece of mind.
“What if my daughter was in there,” Whiteman said. “A lot of things were going through my head. I couldn’t think all day yesterday. I had things to do but I was scared to even get on the highway.”
Whiteman and her husband talked with their insurance company, shocked by the repair bill that would be at least $2,000.
“I thought, ‘Why do I have to pay that much money for something I didn’t do,” Whiteman said. “I’m a good driver.”
Whiteman said if this was the state’s fault, she wants them to pay to fix the damages.
It’s something the Oklahoma Department of Transportation said they’re willing to do if the bridge was unsafe.
“After we received the call today, thanks for Channel 4, we did dispatch crews.” Terri Angier said. “They were on sight immediately, within minutes.”
An initial sweep of the area didn’t turn up any evidence of falling debris or safety concerns but this is just the start to a much larger investigation.
“They’ll be very fair,” Angier said. “But they do have to have evidence and indication that this actually happened.”
If something like this ever happens to you, you should immediately pull over and call highway patrol at *55.
For help working through a claims process, you should call (405)-231-ODOT.