Kim Clark was scared for her life when a huge chunk of concrete fell from an overpass and came crashing down on her car Thursday morning.
“I was shaking,” Clark said. “My knees were shaking. I thought I’d been shot.”
She was driving to work on Murfreesboro Pike when it happened.
“I was just driving down the road and then ‘boom,'” she said.
The chunk smashed her sunroof.
“Thank goodness, I didn’t have my sunroof open,” she said.
She says all she could see was glass.
“I looked in my rearview mirror, and every bit of my sunroof was shattered,” Clark said. “Glass was flying everywhere behind me.”
News 2 reached out to CSX, who owns the bridge, but our emails and phone calls were not returned.
“It’s horrible,” Clark said. “It’s not safe to drive under, and it needs to be repaired.”
TDOT inspects all bridges in the state every two years, according to TDOT spokesperson, Kathryn Schulte.
Schulte sent this statement to News 2 in response:
Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. Our inspectors visited the site today and determined that the bridge has been struck by an oversized load recently that was not reported. Since this is a CSX overpass, TDOT will contact the company to coordinate the necessary repairs.
All state and locally owned bridges are inspected every two years – or more often if necessary. If drivers have concerns about bridges, they are strongly encouraged to report the issue to the region’s bridge engineer. In middle Tennessee that contact information is 615-350-4300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clark says until the bridge is fixed, she’s taking a different route to work.
“No ma’am, I will not travel under this bridge,” she said. “It’s not safe.”
In the meantime, she’s counting her blessings that things didn’t end up worse.
“Thank you, Jesus, because I was spared,” she said.
TDOT has not said when the work would be completed.