AUSTIN (KXAN) — A driver who says a rock slide hit his car while driving on Loop 360 over the weekend shared photos of the damage to remind people of the danger.
“Always be aware that this could happen to you,” David Rodriguez said.
He and his wife were driving south on Loop 360 when the falling rocks hit their car.
“I was driving and noticed a dust cloud in the corner of my eye and my wife telling me not to stop,” Rodriguez said. “The car shook and rocks smashed into the windshield.”
Photos show the left side of the Ford sedan’s windshield with spidery cracks where rocks fell. Rodriguez says they both were fine, but shaken up.
Crews cleared the road after the rocks fell on the southbound side before the Pennybacker Bridge around noon Saturday.
They landed right near a sign warning people about falling rocks. A spokeswoman for TxDOT said recent rainfall may have loosened the soil and rocks on the side of the cliff and possibly caused the rock slide.
Monday, TxDOT told KXAN it’s now doing daily inspections, checking on the status of the cliff to see if there’s anything that needs to be cleaned up.
Then, in about a week, they plan to bring in equipment to really pick up all of the debris from the rock slides sitting on the side of 360 now.
Larger rocks that could pose a bigger problem and those that look like they may shake loose would require TxDOT to coordinate with private property owners.
A TxDOT spokesperson said one thing the agency could consider is closing a lane to create more of a buffer for cars traveling along 360, but that not a decision that’s been made at this point.
On Thursday, a woman’s dash camera captured another rock slide: