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Pregnant woman hurt by stone-smashed windscreen on M67 motorway

M67 eastbound bridge Image copyright Google
Image caption The 35-year-old woman suffered cuts and bruises after the stone smashed through the windscreen

A heavily pregnant passenger was injured when a stone thrown from a Greater Manchester motorway bridge smashed through a car's windscreen.

Two stones shattered the windscreen at junction three of the M67 in Hyde at about 15:00 GMT on Tuesday, with one passing through and hitting the woman.

Police said the 35-year-old, who is about eight months pregnant, suffered cuts and bruises.

Det Sgt Steve Hall said it was a miracle she was not seriously injured.

The woman's unborn baby and the car's driver were not injured.

He said the stone-throwing "might have seemed like a good laugh at the time but this is no laughing matter".

"As a result of mindless stupidity, a woman was injured.

"The fact that shards of glass were flying everywhere means it is a miracle neither she or the driver or her unborn child were more severely injured."

He added it could have caused "an accident on a busy motorway so the consequences of the thoughtless actions could have been far-reaching".

Police have asked anyone with information about what happened to get in touch.

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