|A city staffer examines the underside of the Gardiner Expressway Thursday, May 10, 2012, after concrete rained down on Parkside Dr. (Adam Frauts/QMI Agency)
TORONTO — John Pandell didn't know what hit him as he drove under the Gardiner Expressway Monday.
"Sounded like an explosion or a bullet," Pandell said.
He was driving down Lakeshore Blvd. at Yonge St. when concrete fell on his Mercedes.
"I realized that something happened to my car," he said. "So I just pulled over and I got out."
His black Mercedes has a dent on the roof as well as a minor dent on the trunk lid after concrete rained down on the windshield.
Pandell called police, who spoke with him at the scene.
"People are driving around with convertibles as well," he pointed out. "If it hit somebody in the head, like, they'd die, right."
He was also surprised the concrete didn't shatter the windshield.
City crews are chipping away at the Gardiner's underbelly. Police have blocked off three lanes going west on Lakeshore Blvd. from Freeland St.
Concrete fell from the Gardiner in several spots last month.
John Bryson, city manager for structures and expressways, said the chipping program was underway on this stretch of the road when concrete fell on Pandell's car.
It is unclear whether the crews were chipping at concrete at the same spot where his car was hit.