By Bill Shields

WILMINGTON (CBS) — It was a very scary incident for a family traveling on I-93 in Wilmington Wednesday morning. A large chunk of snow and ice fell from an overpass, causing extensive damage to their van’s windshield.

The damaged windshield from falling snow on I-93 (Courtesy photo)

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Albert Small, his wife and their 17-year-old daughter were headed south as they approached the Route 129 overpass. The driver told WBZ-TV he feared for the life of his family as the impact sent pieces of glass flying.

“Just out of nowhere, our windshield just exploded in on us,” Small said. “[My wife] and my daughter were just completely blown away by it and hysterical.”

The chunk of ice hit the passenger side off the minivan, showering Albert’s wife with fine shards of glass. No one was injured, luckily. But the family was shaken up.

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Small got the car safely to the side of the road, and a State Trooper escorted the family to an exit.

“I kind of just assess what was going on around me to make sure nothing else had like fallen in the roadway,” Albert said. “And then, I made my way to the right-hand side of the road and called 911.”

Damage seen from inside the van after snow fell from an overpass on I-93 (Courtesy photo)

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A trooper who responded examined the windshield and determined the damage was consistent with falling snow, a State Police report stated. It was not immediately clear what caused the snow to fall from the overpass.