Mom claims crumbling bridge almost killed her son on I-77

Mom claims crumbling bridge almost killed her son on I-77

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Midlands mother is outraged after she says her son's car was hit with a boulder which fell from a bridge.

It happened in Columbia near the Killian Road right off of Interstate 77 in the northbound lane. It was under the Killian Road Bridge where Kathy Basile says a huge rock hit her son's car, barely missing his windshield.

Basile says it all happened Thursday as he was traveling home. She says a significant amount of damage was done to her son's car, totaling up to more than $5,000.

"The whole front of his car is basically damaged," Basile said. "The hood -- very damaged -- has a hole in it. All the headlights, paint job is messed up and it was within inches of hitting his windshield."

State Department of Transportation officials say this is not the first time there's been a problem with the 50-year-old Killian Road Bridge. In fact, they've responded to nine claims over the past year in the half -- mostly dealing with potholes on top of the bridge.

Basile says more should be done to fix it.

"If I would've gotten a call at work saying that my son was dead because of a bridge I would've been -- I don't know what I would've done," Basile. "It's just not -- it's inexcusable that our state allows this to happen."

Since the incident, Basile's son has filed an claim with the DOT.

In a statement, SCDOT says in part, "We were aware of the incident yesterday and responded immediately to perform an inspection and remove any other loose concrete."

SCDOT also says next January, funds will be made available to repave the concrete on the bridge.

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