Overpass rock victim: 'It's really a miracle'

EUGENE, Ore. - Two University of Oregon athletes are home recovering after a rock hit their windshield when driving under an overpass near Rice Hill.

UO track athletes Molly Grabill and Chris Brewer were traveling on Interstate 5 near milepost 146 when a rock smashed onto their car and hit Grabill in the face.

Her passenger, Chris Brewer, who is also a UO track athlete, grabbed the wheel and tried to control the vehicle.

He was unable to keep it under control as the vehicle traveled onto the shoulder and rolled on the freeway coming to rest facing the opposite direction.

In a statement on Wednesday Brewer said, "I am just thankful that Molly and I are alright. It's really a miracle."

Drivers in the area are now somewhat concerned about driving under overpasses.

"Now I'm starting to get nervous when there's pedestrians up there," said Diane Hand, a resident of Roseburg.

"I really haven't noticed anybody so that's kind of scary in itself, to not be able to see what's coming," said Luke Scruggs, an Oregon City resident.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, the overpass near 146 is fenced like many others in the state.

However, spokesman Rick Little said some overpasses have higher priority than others to get funding and several are still not fenced yet.

"I think the key here is that we build them to the best available standards to deter people from throwing," Little said. "You can't prevent it but you can certainly deter it."

Oregon State Police are still investigating how the rock struck their vehicle.

If you have any information, you are urged to call Detective Tom Willis at (541) 440-3334 or the OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 440-3333.