Falling Sheet Of Ice Destroys Windshield On Bong Bridge In Duluth
Talk about a scary situation! This mid-week storm has brought a lot of ice, and heavy, wet snow to the Northland. No travel advisories have been in place, schools and businesses have closed, and lots of people have been working remotely.
Jeremy Carlson had a veterinarian appointment for his dog Toby whom they have waited months for. He needed to have hernia surgery and also be neutered. Jeremy was contemplating canceling the appointment, but he and his wife Anna knew that it would be much longer before they were able to reschedule. Here's a picture of sweet Toby.
Jeremy was driving from their home in Foxboro, Wisconsin to Duluth for the appointment. When he left in the morning, he says the weather wasn't that bad. He got the dog to the appointment. But on his way back is when he got a surprise.
Jeremy was driving his 2009 Chevy Silverado back from Duluth on the Bong Bridge. The roads weren't that bad, and there weren't very many cars on the bridge. All of a sudden his windshield was hit by a thick sheet of ice.
It was about 8:30 am, and Jeremy says the wind was howling when it happened. He had noticed other sheets of ice on the bridge that had fallen also in the area. It was in the area right under the main steel trusses on the bong bridge, right in the middle.
Jeremy realized what had happened and slowed down and was able to get off the bridge to assess the damage. Fortunately, only the windshield was shattered, and his truck didn't have any other damage. Unfortunately, it was the only thing not covered in his full coverage insurance.
Jeremy was able to drive right over to a local glass shop in town, Superior Glass. They had the windshield replacement ready and he was on his way back home by the afternoon. Oh, and by the way, the dog Toby is doing just fine. A happy ending to a stressful day.
The City Of Duluth issued a press release warning people about falling snow off of the Lift Bridge on park point. From this point on, I'll now never drive under either of the bridges in the snow without thinking about falling ice.