WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) - An Appleton man is still in shock after a chunk of concrete fell from a U.S.41 overpass and through his car's front windshield. It happened Tuesday in Winnebago County and closed the highway for hours.
Kirk Gobel was driving home from work on northbound US 41 Tuesday afternoon. At the US 10 overpass, his front windshield exploded on the passenger side.
"Something slammed into my car, pushed me into the other lane, didn't quite know what happened," said Gobel. "Pulled over to the side of the road, turned my flashers on and looked down and saw concrete lying on my seat and on the floor."
Looking at these pictures Gobel took after the incident it's easy to understand why he remains shaken. This hunk of concrete was 5 inches round and 18 inches in length. While it landed on the passenger seat, Gobel knows it could have fallen on him.
"Two more feet - I don't think I'd be here to talk about it."
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says two other vehicles were hit by falling concrete. Spokesperson Kim Rudat says it's a rare occurrence, but it happens.
Who says he'll never drive this way again.