Rebar from east side pothole pierces through car's backseat

A piece of rebar sticks out of Oriental Street on the east side of Indianapolis.
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — An Indianapolis man had a close call with a very dangerous pothole late Wednesday.

Trevon McCoy was driving south on Oriental Street near Arsenal Tech High School when he struck the pothole. A piece of exposed rebar in the hole bent up and shot through the floorboard of his car, into the backseat. The rebar went out through McCoy's rear window.

"Something came up out of the ground," McCoy said. "It just came right through the car. It was just so loud and I was scared."

He told Eyewitness News he was fortunate his daughter wasn't in her place in the backseat.

McCoy said he drives on that street often but had never seen anything like the rebar.

Exposed rebar from a pothole on Oriental Street damaged a man's car early Thursday. (WTHR photo)
Exposed rebar from a pothole on Oriental Street damaged a man's car early Thursday. (WTHR photo)
Exposed rebar from a pothole on Oriental Street damaged a man's car early Thursday. (WTHR photo)
Exposed rebar from a pothole on Oriental Street damaged a man's car early Thursday. (WTHR photo)
Exposed rebar from a pothole on Oriental Street damaged a man's car early Thursday. (WTHR photo)
Exposed rebar from a pothole on Oriental Street damaged a man's car early Thursday. (WTHR photo)
Exposed rebar from a pothole on Oriental Street damaged a man's car early Thursday. (WTHR photo)
Exposed rebar from a pothole on Oriental Street damaged a man's car early Thursday. (WTHR photo)
Exposed rebar from a pothole on Oriental Street damaged a man's car early Thursday. (WTHR photo)
Exposed rebar from a pothole on Oriental Street damaged a man's car early Thursday. (WTHR photo)
(Photo: Trevon McCoy)
(Photo: Trevon McCoy)
(Photo: Trevon McCoy)
(Photo: Trevon McCoy)
(Photo: Trevon McCoy)

The Department of Public Works placed barriers around the pothole, with the rebar sticking from the hole, extending several feet into the air.

Workers refilled the pothole by late Thursday morning.

According to DPW's pothole viewer, six potholes have been reported in the area of St. Clair and Oriental streets where McCoy's incident occurred, including one that was reported on January 29. Two potholes on a bridge over Pogues Run were reported February 19 and 23.

Eyewitness News will have more on this pothole and the city's plan to continue their blitz across Indianapolis to repair other potholes on Eyewitness News Sunrise starting at 4 a.m.

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