Photo: Nicholas Laye
The planned demolition of a portion of the Beltway 8 near Texas 225 sent debris flying onto a nearby feeder road, damaging several vehicles.
It all happened Wednesday on the Beltway 8 feeder road near Texas 225 when Nicholas Laye was stopped in traffic. A rear-facing dashcam Laye had installed in his Lexus caught the moment when construction crews demolished a large portion of the bridge.
The concrete came crashing down quickly inside the construction site, but pieces of debris can be seen flying from the ground onto the heavily trafficked feeder road, smashing out car windows and peppering Laye's Lexus with dents.
"We heard a loud boom," Laye said. "There was no warning or anything like that. We felt the rocks hit the car. There was literally nothing we can do."
The good news is that the construction company involved in the demolition offered to pay for the repairs to his car and the vehicles of other drivers, he said.
The demolition was part of a multi-million dollar Beltway 8 widening project expected to be complete in April 2020.
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