Rome (WSYR.com) -- Potholes are particularly common during the winter in Central New York. But for a Rome woman and a car right behind her, a different kind of hole in the road caused quite a bit of damage to their cars.
Megan Wittmann was just making a routine drive to a friend’s house on State Route 69 east, just outside of the Rome city limits Monday night, when her car’s front left tire was ripped up by a hole in the road.
“I thought I saw a table in the middle of the road, like some pegs, like a broken table and I went right over it. I tried to swerve and miss it and it didn’t work,” Wittmann told NewsChannel 9.
And not only was her tire ripped up, the hole also tore up her oil pan – and that might not be all. Wittmann says she spent much of the day on the phone trying to find out who’s to blame, who’s liable and how her car is going to get fixed.
“I just want to get it done. I have three kids. I have a job. I need my car fixed,” Wittmann said.
It may be a little too late for Megan now, but crews have blocked off that portion of the roadway and they're taking a look to see what they can do to make sure nobody else’s car is damaged.
"I had just put money into my car putting brand new tires on it two days before, oil change and all that's gone to waste,” Wittman said.
This is one of three bridges in the Rome area set to be replaced once the weather breaks. A metal plate seems to be to blame here, somehow getting popped up and prone for the next car or two that would travel over it. Megan just happened to be one of the unlucky ones.
Because the project has already been awarded the state is looking at whether they or the private contractor would be responsible for anyone who’s car suffered damage. The state advises anyone in that situation to submit a claim to their insurance company to begin the process of getting the liable party to settle the repair bill.
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