Driver: Object from 6th Ave bridge smashed windshield

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DENVER - A driver says something smashed through the windshield of the truck he was driving on Interstate 25 near the 6th Avenue Bridge Saturday afternoon.

"About a tenth of a mile before I was to pass under the 6th Avenue bridge, I noticed these ribbons, almost like caution ribbons," said Chris Bennich. "I didn't pay any mind. I thought it might get caught on someone's car and get ripped off. As I got closer I noticed a large object on the end of one of the ribbons."

Then he says there was a loud explosion.

"It was like a bomb went off, then I felt all the glass," he said. "There's glass all over the place. It was in my skin and stuff like that. I had to regain my composure a little bit, I was kind of surprised I was still on the road."

The impact left a large hole in the windshield of the truck.

"Whatever it was got pulled back out of our windshield," said Bennich. "I'm just wondering what happened if it didn't get pulled out of our windshield. One of us could have been seriously injured or killed."

The owner of the truck filed a claim with the Colorado Department of Transportation. A spokesperson says they're looking into the incident.

"We never want anything like that to happen," said CDOT spokesperson Amy Ford. "We tend to secure most of our sites but should something like that happen we have a process. We look at it from a safety perspective, and also with the person that was potentially impacted. We have an insurance process that we go through."

Significant construction work was being done in the area where the accident happened last weekend. It included bridge demolition work, however CDOT says that work didn't get underway until Sunday evening.

"We do the best we can to make sure that our roadways our safe for the traveling public, but if there is ever an incident where the public feels they've been impacted by our construction or work zones we absolutely have a process they can pursue."

Bennich says he's just glad no one was hurt.

"I just thank God that myself and my friend were not injured," he said.

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