SURREY (NEWS 1130) – A so-called ice bomb has apparently smashed in the windshield of a car driving across the Port Mann Bridge.
Andrew called NEWS 1130 just moments after he said ice fell from the crossing onto his vehicle.
“Sure it’s rainy and it’s snowy out there, but I was just driving along and right about the middle mark of the bridge a big ice clump just smashed the driver’s side of my window,” he said.
Images he sent in show significant damage to the glass.
A number of other drivers have also reported similar incidents.
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It comes after the Alex Fraser Bridge was shut down due to falling clumps of snow earlier in the day.
“It caved in,” Andrew said of what happened to his windshield after it was hit. “I was thankfully able to not veer off or anything like that. Just was able to park safely, we’re all good.”
In a statement, the Ministry of Transportation said the Alex Fraser was temporarily closed due to the winter weather.
“Local police initiated the closure,” the ministry said in an email to NEWS 1130. “The ministry understands there were concerns about safe travel across the bridge, and has been working cooperatively with the police to reopen 2 southbound lanes and one northbound lane on the bridge.”
Ice falling off the Port Mann Bridge and the Alex Fraser has been an issue in the past. A cable sweeping system was installed on the latter, however, crews said conditions were too windy to deploy the system on Friday for some time.
The ministry has not yet provided an update on the Port Mann situation.
-With files from Lasia Kretzel