Cars crash into concrete slabs in middle of I-8 in East County
EL CAJON (KUSI) — Someone is putting concrete parking blocks in the middle of the freeway and the California Highway Patrol says it’s only a matter of time until someone gets hurt or killed.
Eight to ten cars have already been seriously damaged.
It was just another night for Mak and his friend as they were heading home, traveling almost 70 miles per hour in the fast lane on Interstate 8. That’s when their night took an unexpected turn.
“The only thing we could do was hit it,” said Mak Daoud.
You’ve seen concrete parking block in parking lots, but not on the freeway.
Mak says it was placed directly in the fast lane, perpendicular to the shoulder.
The El Cajon California Highway Patrol found eight to 10 cars on the side of the freeway. These cars hit multiple concrete parking stops and retaining wall blocks in the middle of the road along I-8 in East County. And the CHP says this is no accident.
“It’s an intentional act. People are putting these out in the roadways and someone is going to get hurt,” said CHP’s Public Information Officer Travis Garrow.
Just a few months ago, the same thing happened in the same area. There were four separate incidents, mainly with these large retaining blocks between January and February.
“If you look at retaining wall blocks, they look identical, same color, same size,” Office Garrow said.
So they believe the same person or persons is to blame.
“Is someone driving them out in a truck, is someone bringing them down an embankment? It’s really difficult to tell how they’re getting put out in the roadway,” Officer Garrow said.
These pieces may look small but they’re costing people thousands of dollars in car damage.
Before we know it, it may cost more than that, it may cost a life
“Nobody in their right minds should be out here placing these items in innocent people’s way. These motorists are just trying to get where they need to go. They’re not hurting anyone. They’re not expecting this to happen and the fact that it could potentially cost someone their life is very troublesome to us,” Officer Garrow said.
CHP is not letting their guard down. They are determined to find out who is doing this.
For mak, he feels lucky because he says it could’ve been worse.
“It could be killing several people. They hit each other, they roll or whatever. We got lucky that we didn’t crash into other people and get hurt,” he said.