CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A frightening pothole encounter for a Chester couple when a chunk of concrete flew into their car. It happened on the Powhite Parkway near 288.
The piece of concrete shattered the headlight. Tim Dalton says he's lucky it didn't hit the windshield. He says he's looking at hundreds of dollars in repairs and wants to know who's going to pay for it. Dalton showed us the five pound piece of the Powhite Parkway Extension.
"It just bounced in the air and in front of us. There wasn't time to hit the brakes," said Dalton.
Dalton was at the wheel, his wife in the passenger seat. They were about a quarter mile past the toll plaza near the Courthouse Road exit Thursday when another vehicle passed by.
"It hit a pothole and it was so quick that this bounced out of the pothole and into our car," said Dalton.
All Dalton could see in his rearview mirror was shattered plastic. The concrete chunk was lodged in the headlight.
"We were really lucky and blessed that it hit there, and not the windshield," said Dalton.
Some 24 hours later, VDOT's contractor, Transfield Services, was in the same right lane patching potholes. The state agency is in the middle of a pothole blitz after Virginia was slammed by winter storms. VDOT officials says their call center has been inundated with reports about trouble spots and vehicle damage.
"The frustrating thing is we pay money to drive on that road. It's not like regular public road. We pay extra to drive on it. I guess they're charging for the obstacle course," said Dalton.
Dalton says he's looking at anywhere between a five hundred to a thousand dollar repair bill.
"This is a little bit more than a busted tire. I don't know if it will get paid for or not," said Dalton.
The Dalton's have contacted VDOT's contractor, Transfield Services, to file a claim. You're asked to do the same if your car was damaged by a pothole on a state maintained roadway. The number to call 804-261-8150.