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Concrete falls from Beltway bridge, smashes woman's car

SUITLAND, Md. (WUSA9) -- Crews responded to the Suitland area Tuesday afternoon after a pieces from an overpass collapsed on a woman's car on Suitland Road.

Some concrete chunks fell from the I-495 bridge that goes over Suitland Road in Morningside, Md., according to Mark Brady with Prince George's County Fire Department.

No injuries have been reported, Brady said.

Katherine Deane wasn't doing anything out of the ordinary, just running errands, driving along and going the speed limit.

"All of a sudden, just splatter came down," said Deane.

Splatter that she said could have killed her. Large chucks of concrete came crumbling off this beltway overpass, raining onto the vehicles driving below.

"It happened right as I came to the underpass," said Deane.

Deane got the worst of it.

"It happened just like that, like I was in the wrong place at the right time," said Deane.

A big sledge of bricks smashed her windshield, piled onto her car and shook her up.

"I was scared to death. I couldn't get my barrings, I couldn't think," said Deane. "Thank god it wasn't worse than that."

Work crews with the State Highway Administration admitted that bridges in Maryland, as they are all over the country, are in need of repair.

"What really scares me is they didn't do anything and this could happen to somebody else. They might not be as lucky as I was," said Deane.

State Highway Administration will be taking a more in-depth survey of the bridge Wednesday.

But until then, it appears the road will remain open and cars can continue to pass underneath.