The company that operates the Port Mann bridge says a smashed windshield on the span during rush hour was not caused by a so-called “ice bomb.”
Multiple callers to the AM730 Traffic Centre this evening reported a vehicle with its front window smashed by ice.
“Ice just came down on a car in the middle span, there’s a woman there, she’s sitting in shock right now, and the ambulances and fire and stuff are out there,” said one.
But Greg Johnston with TI Corp says crews on the scene report the ice responsible for the accident blew off the hood or roof of another vehicle.
That was confirmed by another caller to AM730, who said she saw ice fly off a semi truck and into the windshield of a car behind it in the eastbound lane.
“A huge chunk of ice came off the top of it,” she said.
The incident comes just hours after a Ministry of Transportation press conference, in which officials said crews were on the bridge today resetting its “chain link collar” snow removal system.
The Ministry said it expected additional crews and possible lane closures to prevent problems on the span.
Johnson says crews have been working all day and will be overnight to prepare for the heavy snowfall.
“They’ve been working to reload collars and they’ve confirmed there’s no snow and there’s no ice build up on the bridge,” he said.
During Monday’s snow, 10 vehicles were damaged by falling “ice bombs,” and a further 30 on the Alex Fraser bridge.
The ministry says it may have to close the Alex Fraser tomorrow if snow conditions deteriorate.