ATLANTA, Ill. (Heartland Newsfeed) — The Illinois State Police is investigating an incident which occurred early Monday along the northbound lanes of Interstate 55 near mile marker 140 in Logan County.
A motorist’s vehicle suffered significant damage from a bowling ball-sized rock, roughly 10 pounds, was thrown from an overpass near mile marker 140 just outside of Atlanta. As a result, the rock passed through the roof of the vehicle narrowly missing the driver and a passenger in the rear end.
ISP District 09 Commander Christopher Owen stated, “If dropping objects from an overpass onto the roadway or traffic below sounds like a good idea – THINK AGAIN.” Owen added that the such actions could cause great bodily injury or death, and if caught, punishment can include felony criminal charges and incarceration.
“No one has the right to endanger others by committing senseless acts such as throwing items from overpasses. The Illinois State Police takes these incidents very seriously and is actively working to identify the offender or offenders,” Owen continues.
The Illinois State Police is seeking information to assist in their investigation and that there is someone somewhere who is talking about this crime and encourages those with valid information to come forward, whether it’s a single individual or multiple persons.
In the event the crime was committed by multiple persons, Owen stated, “It’s simple, how much do you trust those you were with? There is a good chance someone will come forward and oftentimes, that can be very beneficial for the person who confesses first or provides information.”
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Illinois State Police (217) 786-6677.