Abbotsford golfer James Lepp has endured his share of bad bounces, but none compared to those careening off his car Wednesday afternoon.
One day removed from his televised second-place finish in the Golf Channel's Big Break series, Lepp was among the dozens who happened to be crossing the Port Mann Bridge as ice fell from the sky.
Lepp, a golfer and businessman who was returning to Abbotsford from Vancouver, said the icy missiles were falling constantly from the wires on the Port Mann Bridge from all levels.
"I was actually trying to dodge them because they looked pretty damaging. But it was such a gridlock you couldn't do anything about it," he said.
"There were a couple of instances where I didn't go forward because I saw one was going to hit in front of me. I missed those. And I was almost through, and then suddenly 'bam, bam'," said Lepp.
The falling ice hit Lepp's car, a 2012 Volkswagen GLI, taking out the driver's side mirror and possibly denting his hood.
The golfer tweeted out a photo of the damage on Twitter.
Lepp described the falling ice on the Port Mann Bridge as "slush bombs" and said other cars were also being hit.
One photo posted on Twitter showed a shattered windshield.
RCMP Sgt. Roland Pier-schke, a spokesman for the Port Mann Freeway Patrol, said sometime before 1 p.m. large chunks of ice began falling off either the towers or cables on the bridge.
The bridge was closed for most of the afternoon as the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver areas struggled during the day to deal with a dump of snow that fell overnight and into the morning.
Abbotsford public schools remained open although the district said buses might have run late.
High winds forced BC Ferries to cancel sailings on all major routes, including runs between Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay and Tsaw-wassen to Swartz Bay.
First reported @ abbotsfordtimes.com