Several commuters reported “ice bombs” falling from some Metro Vancouver bridges on Monday as snow and slush blanketed roads.
At least four different vehicles had their windshields smashed from falling ice on both the Alex Fraser and Port Mann Bridge.
Dean Sanders was driving over the Alex Fraser Bridge when a chunk of ice fell onto his windshield and shattered it.
“It startled me big time. It was loud; it must have been a big chunk of ice,” he said.
A colleague driving a short distance behind him also had a block of ice fall on his side mirror, but it didn’t cause any damage.
He added there were a few other cars on the bridge pulled over with shattered windshields.
The provincial Ministry of Infrastructure and Major Projects downplayed the incidents.
Patrick Livolsi, assistant deputy minister, told Global News a vehicle was struck by falling snow on the Alex Fraser Bridge at about 1 p.m. Crews went up on the bridge but could not find the source.
“A little bit of snow came off,” he said.
On the Port Mann Bridge, he said they started using the ice removal system at about 10 a.m.
Anyone who had their car hit by falling ice should call the Ministry of Transportation, Livolsi said.