Fort Worth man says routine oil change nearly cost him much more

FORT WORTH -- A young father is still in disbelief after the hood of his car flipped up and shattered his windshield while driving on Interstate 820 in Fort Worth.

Stephen Hall had just picked the car up from an oil change at the Wal-Mart in White Settlement on Sunday afternoon when his holiday weekend took a drastic turn."I get in the middle lane, and bam," Hall said. "That is what it was, straight hood in my dash. That is when I realized, the hood was never properly latched."

Hall jerry-rigged his amp wire to hold the hood of the Dodge Neon in place, and then started taking photos and cell phone video as he cautiously drove the short distance back to the service center at Wal-Mart.

"First thing they said was, 'This is probably the worst thing we've ever done,'" he said.

Hall filled out an a corporate incident report. The company told News 8 on Monday it was reviewing surveillance footage from the garage, and would work with Hall to figure out what happened.

Hall said aside from repairs to his car, he also will have to find a rental car for the foreseeable future. He thinks Wal-Mart should cover that cost, and review protocol with all of their technicians.

"I probably shouldn't be here today. An average Sunday, enjoying Labor Day weekend, and it turns into a nightmare," he said. "It just could've been so much worse."


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