Cars damaged after metal falls from semi: ‘I thought I hit a person’

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Metal debris that fell from a semi closed all lanes of I-295 north in Chesterfield County for several hours Sunday night.

Sgt. Keeli L. Hill with Virginia State Police said "several vehicles" were disabled or damaged after metal debris fell off of a tractor-trailer.

VDOT reported that all northbound lanes of the interstate were closed near Rivers Bend Boulevard (mile marker 16) because of the debris as of 8:45 p.m.

"Traffic is being diverted to Route 10 west (Exit 15B)," VDOT officials said.

Officials said the on ramps from VA-10 to I-295 northbound were also blocked, but the debris was removed and all lanes had reopened as of 11:05 p.m.

'I thought I hit a person'

Sonya Bleu said she was driving along I-295 when she hit a metal beam.

"I thought I hit a person at first. It was big," Bleu wrote from her hospital bed at John Randolph Medical Center. “It busted my tire and I lost control of my truck.”

Bleu said she had an asthma attack after nearly flipping her truck.

"I've had five in total so far, but my heart rate is really high," she said.

There has been no word if charges will be filed in the incident.

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