AUSTIN (KXAN) — Several vehicles were damaged Tuesday when a large boulder fell onto southbound Loop 360 near Bee Caves Road during the morning commute. Several lanes of Loop 360 were closed for a short period until Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews were able to clear out the rocks. A TxDOT representative says recent rainfall and freezes likely caused the rock slide.
TxDOT says they do their best to alert drivers of the rock slide danger with signs, as well as keeping the roadways visible. However, they say these incidents are natural occurrences, largely out of their control. There are no plans at this time to put any additional preventative measures on the cliffs in that area.
Kristin York was one of the drivers who got caught amidst the falling debris. She says she was driving around 50 mph and could see the big white rocks flying towards her car and all she could do was continue driving forward to get out of the danger zone.
“I expected the entire side of my car to be completely bashed in and dented with as loud as it was and as many rocks had hit,” said York. “I mean, it sounded like a huge hailstorm.”
It wasn’t immediately clear how many vehicles were damaged by the crash; however one witness told KXAN she saw at least six with damage.