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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - On Friday, a driver blamed the faulty road repairs for a bizarre accident.

Flying concrete smashed the driver's truck's windshield in East County.

Brian Hanzal said he was heading to work Friday morning on Interstate-8, between Johnson and Main, just before Caltrans was called out to patch up missing concrete, when a piece of road flew into his windshield and dented his hood.

Now, Hanzal wants Caltrans to pay for the damage.

Hanzal's cell-phone picture shows a 6-inch block of concrete lodged in the windshield of his blue Chevy Silverado. Shattered glass flew towards Hanzal.

"It was like an explosion and the glass shot at me. It was crazy," he said.

Just after 6:00 a.m., on Friday morning, Hanzal was driving to work in the number three lane on I-8 West, just before the Main Street exit.

He said he saw a piece of concrete fly up under the tires of a sand truck traveling next to him in the number four lane.

Hanzal said the rock was stuck in his windshield.

The sand truck diver saw it, and pulled over. The bed of the truck was empty, and it wasn't until later that Hanzal realized what had happened.

Caltrans said Thursday night crews tried to repair falling concrete from I-8 West. On Friday morning, around the same time Hanzal was driving to work, a pothole formed about the size of an economy car.

Caltrans had to close down two lanes, between Johnson and Main on I-8 West. Hanzal believes a piece of that freeway concrete was what damaged his windshield and scratched up his hood.

"I left it in when I drove to work, or else there would have been a big hole in my windshield," he said.

He was able to get his windshield fixed, but wants Caltrans to pay for the repairs and the damaged hood of his beloved Chevy.

"It's old, but I love it. Just glad it didn't go all the way through and hit me," he said.

Caltrans did recommend Hanzal and anyone who believes the pothole damaged their car to fill out a Damage Claim Form.

It will then go to Caltrans investigation for follow-up.

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