Chunks of bridge cement fall onto driver in southwest Atlanta

ATLANTA — City engineers are working to figure out how cement chunks fell from a southwest Atlanta bridge onto a driver.

Channel 2 Action News caught up with Tameka Bussey just after noon on Wednesday. Bussey was driving along Windsor Street earlier Wednesday with her family when she was startled by a loud sound. It was coming from the Whitehall Street SW bridge above her.

“I hear this loud boom,” Bussey said. “Next thing I know I’ve got two flat tires. I’m swerving.”

Several chunks of cement were scattered along Windsor Street when Atlanta Police responded to Bussey’s call. City engineers followed as crews briefly shut down Ted Turner Drive at Interstate 20 during the assessment.

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We reached out to the city of Atlanta for engineers’ final assessment. A spokesperson sent this statement:

“City of Atlanta bridge engineers have removed all loose debris from the Whitehall Street bridge and determined that it is safe for vehicular traffic. A thorough inspection will be conducted Thursday morning to determine if further repairs are necessary.”

No one was injured, but Bussey said the incident was too close a call, especially since she was traveling with her young daughter.

“This is ridiculous,” she said. “I need some help. The bridges are just not safe.”