Ice Chunk Fell From Toll Bridge Onto Car

A visiting family from Kansas leaves Nebraska with a shattering memory. A large chunk of ice fell from the top of the Bellevue toll bridge smashing their windshield and damaging the car hood.

Davey Avery spoke by phone from his home in Kansas. Avery said, "I thought oh my god somebody just shot out the windshield.” Avery’s car insurance paid for repairs to the windshield and hood. But he claims the Bellevue Bridge Commission owes him $1,000 for a deducible and car rental not covered by his insurance. Avery said, “They didn’t do any inspections on the bridge after the ice storm and a chunk that big was on top of the bridge and fell.”

The bridge is covered by liability insurance. However bridge commission chairman Don Fenster said, “I can understand where he is coming from but on the other hand the insurance company says they are not liable and we aren’t either.” Fenster compared the situation to a deer hit by a car on the interstate and the driver holding the state responsible for damage. Fenster said, “Our insurance said its act of god issue and therefore we are not responsible for it.”

Fact Finders contacted the insurance carrier and a representative said it appears to be an act of nature situation. However Avery also called the company and he said an adjustor will take a look at the claim.

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