Man says I-77 construction debris totaled wife's car

- A Mooresville man said a piece of construction debris on Interstate-77 got caught under his wife's car and totaled her vehicle.

Jeff Schott said his wife was on her way to work in Charlotte when she heard a thud under her car.

"She pulled off the side of the road to investigate, was unable to locate exactly what the noise was, but when she got to work, she could see a hunk of steel hanging from underneath her car," Schott said.

At first glance, it was hard to tell what exactly was stuck under the car, but when you see the pile of pavement markers along the road, it all makes sense.

Schott said the damage couldn't be fixed, totaling the car. Now, he expects his insurance to skyrocket. 

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"You're talking about a claim of $30,000, so that impact is significant," he said. 

That's not all. Schott said there are about a dozen of the steel markers still out on the road.

North Carolina Department of Transportation said it picks up debris like the hunks of steel that totaled Schott's vehicle every other week along the Interstate-77 construction zone. However, the liability falls on Sugar Creek Construction, according to NCDOT.

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Sugar Creek Construction, the company handling the project, tells drivers to contact the general contractor if their vehicle is damaged. Their number is 980-337-2399.

When FOX 46 Charlotte asked for more details, Interstate-77 Mobility partners replied that questions are determined on a case by case basis. 

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