‘Murder attempt’ as concrete blocks dropped on UK motorway
Published 02/12/2011 | 15:30
‘BUCKET-"sized blocks of concrete have been dropped on to cars on a busy road, injuring two people.
A woman in her mid-50s suffered fractures to her face and ribs as well as internal injuries when a concrete block smashed through the windscreen, coming to a rest in the footwell of the car.
Police are treating the incident on the A12 in Essex as attempted murder.
The woman was taken by ambulance to Broomfield hospital, where she is said to be in a stable condition.
Her husband, who was driving the car, suffered minor injuries.
The incident happened at 10.05pm yesterday as the car passed under the West Hanningfield bridge on the way from Chelmsford to London.
Forty minutes earlier, a similar-sized concrete block smashed the windscreen and dented the bonnet of another car as it drove under the Fryerning Lane bridge between London and Chelmsford.
The driver and passenger were unhurt but shaken.
Chief Inspector Nick Morris said: "It is attempted murder.
"If you throw a large piece of concrete off a road bridge on to a large, busy road, you are likely to kill someone.
"I would have thought it's someone that knows the area or lives in the area."
Referring to the first incident, Mr Morris said: "It could have been horrendous. It smashed the bonnet, smashed the windscreen of the vehicle. It's more luck than anything that no one was hurt."
The lump of concrete caused so much damage to the second vehicle that the woman needed to be cut out of the car by emergency services.
Mr Morris described the concrete as "an item someone might place on a grass verge to stop someone parking there."