Large pothole blows tires on I-10 at New Braunfels

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by Eric Gonzales & Kens5.com

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Posted on January 11, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 10:29 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- TxDOT officials say a large pothole is to blame for leaving nearly 20 drivers stranded by the side of the interstate on Thursday morning.

Traffic was backed up for nearly two miles on I-10 westbound at New Braunfels. TxDOT San Antonio announced on its Twitter account around 8 a.m. that they would be closing the center and right lane until work is complete.

San Antonio police said they first started getting reports of the pothole around 7 a.m.

“I counted a total of about 18 cars all together,” said Robert Heifner, who drove through the stretch of I-10 late Wednesday night and blew out a tire. On his way back through on Thursday morning, he blew out his spare tire.

"My front end banged and my back end banged," he said. "And I looked back and I didn't see no board or anything out there."

TxDOT crews were working on the pothole into the afternoon.

TxDOT spokeswoman Laura Lopez said, “As far as who pays for it? As a general rule, that’s a road hazard and that’s not something that TxDOT normally pays for.”

She said any drivers who hit the pothole should contact their insurance company, instead.

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