Object dropped onto car on A38 'could have been fatal'
POLICE say there could have been "fatal consequences" after an object was believed to have been thrown at a moving car from a footbridge over the A38.
Police were called to a stretch of the road between the Manadon roundabout and the Leigham junction. Driver Brian Dix, 50, from Whitleigh, and his wife were in their blue Vauxhall Corsa travelling eastwards under a footpath.
Brian said: "I just remember glimpsing some kid on the bridge, then it was like a shotgun blast as something hit the driver's side of the windscreen.
It freaked me out but I kept the car under control and pulled onto the grass verge.
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"It was terrifying. There were shards of glass all over our clothes. What mindless idiots. The police said there was no way it was lifted up by another vehicle.
"Luckily, we were only doing around 50 miles an hour. If I was in my last car I would have been doing about 70 and it would have been much worse.
"The police were here straight away and they saw a young boy crossing on the bridge who couldn't keep from looking at us. I've had an officer call me about the incident and they said there had been a spate of these incidents happening of late. If the stone had been any bigger or I had lost control, it could've been horrendous."
A police spokesman said: "While nobody saw a stone being thrown the damage was too big to have been caused by a stone being thrown up by other vehicles on the carriageway and there were no other vehicles nearby.
"Fortunately no-one was injured but both the driver and his passenger were shocked at what happened. They have had an amazingly lucky escape. We could easily have seen fatal consequences."
Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area between 3.50pm and 4.20pm last Friday. They particularly want to hear from any schoolchildren dressed in either a burgundy or purple uniform who were at the overpass around that time.
If you can assist police contact them on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting crime reference number EL/12/4308.
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