Cruising along I-91 South in Meriden, drivers experienced a frightening moment during rush hour on Monday when large chunks of concrete fell from above.
"All of a sudden I see this approximately grapefruit-sized dark rock come hurtling at my windshield," said Mindy Marrone.
That piece came from the Murdock Avenue overpass. The debris smashed into Marrone's windshield and then hit her roof.
"It hit another vehicle, bounced off their car, then hit mine, then hit another one behind me," said Marrone.
State Police say the debris, some brick-sized, covered all three southbound lanes and that 16 drivers reported damage to their vehicles from hitting or being hit by the debris.
For many, it'll be an expensive repair.
"The cost is what I thought, a little more $1,500. But we have insurance, thank goodness," said Marrone.
State DOT says the concrete debris came from haunches, which is leftover material from forming concrete molds. Haunches have no structural purpose and are removed from newer bridges, but the Murdock Avenue bridge was built back in the 60s.
DOT says it removed the remainder of the haunches from the bridge. Inspectors took a closer look and say driving on the bridge and under it is completely safe. But some drivers will keep looking up.
"I think it was a freak thing, thank goodness. But I have to say when I drove past that same area today I wasn't in the left lane, and I was looking in the road making sure nothing was left there," said Marrone.
The DOT says drivers whose cars were damaged can file a claim with them on their website.