Shropshire

Driver hurt as block dropped from Telford bridge

A driver suffered chest injuries after a lump of concrete was dropped on to his car from a bridge in Shropshire.

The block smashed through the windscreen and landed on the back seat of the car, on the A442 at the Wombridge Interchange, Telford.

Callum Jackson, 23, from Worcester, said it was "as though a firework had gone off".

Mr Jackson was left badly shaken and said he was lucky to escape the incident with just bruised ribs.

He criticised the "animalistic" behaviour of those responsible. He was taken to hospital following Thursday evening's incident.

Lorry driver appeal

West Mercia Police said Mr Jackson was "extremely lucky he was not injured more severely".

Ch Insp Keith Gee said: "Fortunately the driver was able to maintain control of his vehicle and pull over quickly and safely.

"It was also extremely lucky that there were no passengers in the car."

Mr Jackson was travelling in the inside lane under the Stafford Road bridge when the piece of concrete was thrown just before 22:00 GMT.

"Throwing anything, especially concrete blocks, at passing vehicles is an extremely dangerous practice," Ch Insp Gee continued.

"We are particularly keen to trace a lorry driver on the same stretch of road at the time who may have seen something that could help us with our inquiries."

In a separate case, concrete was dropped on vehicles from a bridge in Shrewsbury, on 4 December.

Two drivers reported seeing the blocks being dropped from a bridge on Monkmoor Road on to Robertson Way, but no-one was injured.

Anyone with information should call West Mercia Police or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

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