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Falling ice from Quincy's Fore River Bridge smashes car

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  March 8, 2013 04:26 PM

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Photo courtesy of Lisa Borden

A woman's front and back windshields were blown out after something fell off the Fore River Bridge and onto her car

A Hull woman was recovering on Friday after her windshield was blown out by a piece of ice falling from the Fore River Bridge.

Lisa Borden said she was driving northbound on Route 3A across the bridge on Thursday around 12:35 p.m. when a piece of ice fell from the bridge’s upper tiers and exploded her windshield, hitting her head and sending tiny pieces of glass all over the interior of the car.

The impact exploded her rear windshield as well.

Borden said she immediately pulled over along with a woman who witnessed the accident.

“I’m ok,” Borden said in a phone interview. “I have some little cuts because I got glass everywhere. Tiny pieces of glass in my eyebrows, in my clothes, in my ears, and I was hit on the head with something, so I have a headache, but basically I’m ok.”

Borden was taken to Quincy Medical Center to be checked out and was released the same day.

The right lane of 3A Northbound was closed for approximately 40 minutes, with the scene clear at approximately 1:15 p.m.

Bordon said the accident was scary, and people should be aware that this is a possibility.

“If my car was a couple feet before or after, I could have been killed. … people should know about this,” she said.

Quincy Police were not aware of when this might have happened before, and MassDOT spokesperson Sara Lavoie was unsure as well.

For those concerned it might not have just been ice that fell, both Quincy Police and MassDOT authorities are assuring the public that it was

"MassDOT has no indication that anything other than ice fell from the bridge," Lavoie said. She also said that this was the first time an incident like this had happened this winter.

“While there is no absolute way to avoid what happened, motorists should always be aware of current weather conditions and be prepared to react when those conditions impact roadway surfaces and structures,” she said.

For her part, Borden said would be extremely careful going under the structure again.

“I’m nervous driving that bridge again, it isn’t the first time people have had issues with that bridge,” she said.

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