- Associated Press - Sunday, December 4, 2016

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Police are investigating after vehicles were struck by chunks of concrete or other projects in four separate cases on or near Interstate 65 near Birmingham.

All four incidents happened in a two-day span last week in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover, Al.com reported (https://bit.ly/2gVOGTI ).

The most recent scare came Friday, when police say a piece of concrete the size of a football struck the hood and then smashed through the windshield of a car as a couple drove south on I-65. Police say the driver was able to stop on the shoulder. Neither occupant was injured, but “it clearly had the potential to be deadly,” Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rector said.

Investigators believe there’s a high likelihood that someone is throwing rocks from overpasses, but haven’t ruled out the possibility that someone could be tossing rocks from another moving vehicle, Rector said.

“The motorists whose cars have been struck are pretty shaken up so it’s been difficult to determine the exact locations of the suspect or suspects doing this,” he said.

Police say they will be increasing patrols near bridges and overpasses in the area.

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