Rocks thrown from overpasses damage vehicles on I-78

'We were very lucky,' says passenger of struck car

UPPER TULPEHOCKEN TWP., Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating at least three instances of vehicles being hit by objects thrown off highway overpasses in Berks County.

The incidents happened early Saturday and Sunday mornings in Upper Bern and Upper Tulpehocken townships.

Authorities said a tractor trailer was hit by an unknown object thrown from the overpass at the Shartlesville interchange (Exit 23) in Upper Bern Township around 3 a.m. Saturday.

About the same time Sunday morning, rocks thrown from the Power Drive overpass struck two vehicles on I-78 in Upper Tulpehocken Township.

"We don't think that people will be up on the bridge at 2:30 in the morning throwing rocks at your car," said Rebecca Preston, a passenger in one of the struck cars.

State police reported that the rocks that landed on the highway in Upper Tulpehocken were big enough to damage one of the car's undercarriage.

"There's been incidents where people have been killed by stuff thrown off of overpasses," said Trooper David Beohm, a public information officer for Reading-based Troop L.

No one was injured in either incident.

"We were very lucky that us and the three other cars weren't hurt at all," Preston told 69 News. "We were all good. Just the cars."

Preston and the driver, Erika Hufford, said they heard a loud bump while returning home from a concert in Hershey early Sunday morning and quickly pulled over.

"We noticed that there was glass in my lap, the windshield had a crack above me, and we got out, a tire was flat," Hufford said.

Anyone with information about the incidents can contact Crime Alert Berks County via anonymous text to 847411, starting the message with keyword alertberks, or by calling 877-373-9913. A cash reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

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