Driver Hit By Falling Ice Prompts Road Closure

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    The victim of a falling sheet of ice that prompted the closure of Randolph Street Thursday is speaking out about her ordeal. Natalie Martinez reports. (Published Thursday, Mar 13, 2014)

    The victim of a falling sheet of ice that prompted the closure of Randolph Street Thursday is speaking out about her ordeal.

    Joan Clay, a real estate and business attorney, was driving along Randolph Street Thursday shortly before 4 p.m. when her car was hit by a large piece of ice.

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    "My windshield is shattered, I can't see, there's glass in my lap ... I'm thinking a rock or someone threw something at the car, because literally I'm not thinking falling ice," Clay said. "I have cuts all over my hands, I have glass, literally in my hands, my hair on my face ... I've just literally been removing glass all afternoon,"

    Clay says she didn't panic, which is probably what helped prevent others from getting injured as well.

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    "I'm trying to get out of the car without cutting myself any further. If I were to panic I might have turned into another lane of traffic," Clay said.

    The incident prompted police to shut down the section of Randolph Street between Wacker Drive and Canal Street from 4-8:30 p.m., creating traffic gridlock during rush hour.

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    Clay says she's still a bit shaken, and plans to work from home for a few days.

    "It's a thing, things can be fixed, people can't," Clay said.