Falling ice smashes car windshield in West Loop; Randolph reopened at Canal

March 13, 2014 (CHICAGO)

A woman's car was hit by ice Thursday afternoon in the 400-block of West Randolph in the West Loop. Randolph Street was closed at Canal during rush hour on Thursday afternoon. It has since been reopened.

The driver said she was "discombobulated" when a 2 foot by 2 foot sheet of ice fell off the Boeing building and shattered her windshield. She was driving at the time, but was not injured.

"Suddenly, the windshield shattered. Big piece of ice out of nowhere. Glass immediately fell in my lap, fell all over. I was able to get out of a traffic, there was a lot of traffic at the time. I pulled over and kind of realized what happened," said Joan Clay, driver.

Attorney Joan Clay was driving to her office cruising westbound on Randolph over the river. She says ice was falling off the Boeing building.

"As I've sat here for a few hours, I've watched more and more ice hit vehicles, hit people. It's very dangerous," said Clay.

One man from Los Angeles was simply searching for a coffee shop, when an officer stopped him just in time.

"I got nailed with snow coming off this building, so I thought, I don't know what I thought it was. Thankfully, I just got hit in the arm. He told me I just escaped death," said David Perez, Los Angeles resident.

On Thursday night at Rush University Medical Center, there are reports of ice injuries, but mostly from people slipping and falling.

"Wrist fractures, ankle sprains, so mostly muscular-skeletal, but the most complicated injuries we see are primarily head injuries and neck injuries," said Dr. Yanina Purim-Shem-Tov, Rush University Medical Center.

"I'm just thankful that it didn't fly in my eyes and I was able to move over and not hit anyone else or harm anyone else. Bad things happen, but when you're not injured you can just county your blessings," said Clay.

Falling ice also forced an entrance to the Willis Tower to be shut down Thursday morning. Part of Franklin Street was closed for about an hour, because of the danger. No injuries were reported.

On Wednesday, a Chicago political consultant was injured after he was hit by falling ice while walking in the Loop.

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