Video: Snow from overpass breaks windshield

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The snowfall caused big headaches for West Michigan drivers Monday morning. One of them is lucky he wasn’t seriously injured.

Kevin Hoffer was driving underneath an overpass when a plow dumped snow and ice on his SUV’s windshield.  

“Soon as it hit the windshield, the windshield just shattered,” Hoffer told 24 Hour News 8.

He was merging onto northbound US-131 from Stadium Drive Monday when it happened. His dashcam video captured it all in real time.

“I saw a plow coming,” he said. “Thought nothing of it.”

The snowplow was eastbound on the Michigan Avenue overpass.

“I didn’t expect (the snow) to hit,” he explained. “I expected to actually get past it or for it to come down before it got to me.”

He was wrong. Snow crashed down on his windshield, creating a web of cracks.

“It was just so heavy,” Hoffer said.

The windshield didn’t cave in on Kevin and no other damage was done to the car.

“Sat there for a few minutes trying to figure out what I was going to do, ‘cause the windshield was damaged enough that I wasn’t sure I really wanted to drive it,” he said.

A state trooper came along not long afterwards.

“He’s like, ‘Can I help ya?’” Hoffer recalled. “I was like, ‘Yeah.’”  

Hoffer had his windshield replaced Monday afternoon.

A spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Transportation said it’s extremely rare for people to make claims for car damage caused by snowplows. The most common problem is damage to mailboxes. If a plow knocks over a mailbox, MDOT will replace it. But if it’s just snow that knocks it over, MDOT won’t foot the bill.

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