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Cracking Roads Wreaking Havoc on Vehicles
DAYTON -- ABC 22 & FOX 45 producer Michael Lewis says he was on his way to work when the car in front of him knocked a chunk of concrete loose on I-75 South.
"It just sucks. We actually didn't know where it came from," said Lewis. "I didn't really see it. For a split second I saw something in the roadway. I just hit the concrete and slid probably about 200 feet. My airbags went off. A big poof of smoke came. I thought my engine had actually blown up. I was in shock for a while before I realized what happened.
What happened was precipitation seeped in the cracks of the pavement and as it froze, it created space and as it thawed the asphalt came loose. In this case, we're talking about 12 feet long, 1 1/2 feet wide and 8 inches deep.
"I had never seen anything like that. You usually see the potholes and stuff and you can avoid those easily, but this, there was nothing you could do to avoid it," said Lewis. "It was a case of being in the exact wrong place at the wrong time."
ODOT was out Thursday working on that very hole.
"What we are doing right now is while we have a break in the weather we have crews out doing what they can to make repairs," said Mandi Dillon of ODOT. "We have some crews in the area by I-70; some on I-75, south and north, just really all over, anywhere where there is an issue. They are just doing what they can whether that's putting a hole patch and or maybe grinding or adding concrete. There out doing what they can to try and make these repairs."
There's not much you can do to avoid these potholes and concrete chunks, but you can report them when you see them.
"If you see a pothole or an issue like that you want to make sure you contact us and let us know so we can go out and do our best to make some repairs," said Dillon. "Also drivers just really need to be alert right now because we have had such a harsh winter and now were coming into a melting time. So you want to really be looking for any kind of potholes any kind of pavement issue."
"It's real frustrating. All you can do is be thankful it could've been a lot worse. I could've spun out of control," said Lewis. "I could've caused another car to get in an accident. I could've spun into the wall. I walked away unscathed."
Three different vehicles were damaged from the concrete and all the drivers have the same question: Am I completely liable or is ODOT going to help me out?
We contacted some insurance companies and it turns out, if you have collision coverage, your insurance company can go after the state to try and recoup some of the money, but there is no guarantee.
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