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Pothole Damages Dozens Of Vehicles On I-270 On South Side


UPDATED: Wednesday October 23, 2013 5:54 PM

Dozens of central Ohio drivers are blaming a pothole for damage done to their vehicles and for delays during the morning commute.
 
"I got a pretty severe bend in the rim. It went instantly flat as soon as I hit the pothole,” said Groveport resident Colin Graham.
 
Graham says he was on his way to class at Ohio State around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday when he hit a pothole in the right lane of I-270 westbound near U.S. 23.
 
"I could feel my whole front end sink in when I came up to it so I would say at least it had to be as big as a man hole, if not bigger,” he said.
 
Graham says he had to miss three classes during exam week because of the damage, and now has the added stress of coming up with the money to fix it.
 
"It's in the neighborhood of about $400 for a rim,” he said. “I mean, for everyone that's not a big amount but for a college student, that's a pretty big hit for me."
 
Graham was not the only one to experience problems Wednesday morning. Several 10TV viewers said they spotted about 20 to 30 vehicles off the side of I-270 with flat tires.
 
The Ohio Department of Transportation says crews initially repaired the pothole Monday night before cold weather and rain Tuesday night caused it to reappear.
 
Crews fixed the problem again Wednesday morning, as soon as they were made aware of the issue.
 
Graham says he is thankful a damaged rim is the only problem the pothole caused him.
 
"Definitely could have been a lot worse,” he said. “I definitely got lucky that I didn't get hurt for sure."
 
ODOT says because the pothole was in a construction zone, the contractor is responsible for following up to any damage reports.
 
If you sustained damage form the pothole, you can file a claim on the ODOT website and they will point you in the right direction.

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