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Police seek public's help after rocks thrown over overpass

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Updated: 8/19 10:58 pm

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. - State Police are investigate rock throwing incidents that are damaging vehicles.

Troopers along the Thruway said they have responded to multiple calls for assistance from motorists reporting that their vehicles have been struck by large rocks being thrown from the Rynex Corners Road overpass.  

The first incident was reported by drivers traveling eastbound around 10 p.m. on June 23. During the incident, the drivers of three different large trucks reported to authorities that their windshields had been damaged by large rocks being thrown from the overpass. 

On Sunday, August 17 around midnight, another large truck traveling eastbound on I-90 had its windshield broken by a large rock, which was reportedly thrown from the same overpass. Police said that in the most recent incident, the driver reported seeing two subjects running north off of the bridge towards Main Street in Pattersonville. 

No injuries were reported in either incident.  

John Sharon has been delivering furniture for 33 years, but he said the roads are not always so friendly. He said his truck usually gets hit with rocks at night.

“If it’s night, you don’t see it until it’s, well, you don’t do anything until it hits the windshield,” he said. “Then you’re like, ‘Oh, my gosh. What happened?’”

Sharon said the sound is similar to a gunshot and startles drivers.

“If you get scared enough you could leave the road, or if there was somebody next to you, you cause an accident,” he said.

Sharon is traveling through the Capital Region to make a delivery. He hopes people, especially parents, keep a watchful eye on nearby overpasses.

“Just keep track of your kids,” he said. “You should know where they’re at.”

State Police are seeking the public's help to solve these cases. Anyone with information should contact Investigator Kelly at (518) 465-7377 or Thruway Communications at 1-800-842-2233.

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