Friends say man lost eye after highway sign fell onto truck on Valley View Bridge

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio - Greg Badger is recovering at MetroHealth Medical Center after an ODOT highway sign which fell on his truck Tuesday. The incident happened along the Valley View Bridge around 4 in the afternoon when three signs fell to the highway. The signs weigh between 300 to 500 pounds and roughly 140,000 vehicles travel across the bridge each day.

Friends of Badger were at the Brecksville Recreation Center at a meeting of the Cuyahoga Valley Republicans. Many were still in shock that the accident they saw on the news involved their friend.

"The last thing in the world you would ever think of is them being dangerous," said Pat Wright about the signs coming down. She said she herself has seen the move on the highway when high winds come around.

She said her friend lost an eye in the incident although she was not sure which one.

"He'll be back," said Dom Sciria, president of the Cuyahoga Valley Republican Club. "He may have a problem with an eye but he'll be back and be 100 percent," he continued.

Thursday morning, Badger's conditioned was upgraded from critical to fair.

Badger is described as a family man and the kind of friend you want to have. We were told he is surrounded by family at the hospital. Badger is president of the Parma Republicans.

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