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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Mike Peterson has been driving the Express Shuttle for about 20 years.

On Tuesday, his daily routine took a dangerous turn when he and his passengers escaped injury by a few inches.

Peterson says he has never been in an accident until now.

While driving along I-80 under the overpass at 13th East, Peterson was brought to a halt.

“I don’t know if I screamed. It was more like, oh my word, what just happened?” he told KSL.

A large chunk of concrete fell from the overpass and landed on Peterson’s car.

According to KSL, the hood was crushed and several holes were in the windshield.

One piece of concrete, which weighed 25 pounds, ended up in the front passenger seat.

“If it hit another six or eight inches to the side, you might not have been talking to me [right now,]” Peterson said.

Amazingly, Peterson and his passengers were not injured.

The Department of Transportation told KSL that the overpass was built in 1964 and has suffered through the years.

“When you have a bridge that’s that age, you can have elements that can seep in,” said John Gleason, with the UDOT. “Water, salt, the freeze-thaw cycle that we have in northern Utah that can contribute to some erosion over the years. And that’s what appears to have happened here.”

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