Concrete slab thrown from Whitemud overpass into traffic, hits car: police

By News Staff

Edmonton police say a man threw a concrete slab from an overpass on Whitemud Drive into traffic Saturday afternoon, striking a vehicle.

Police say the man was standing on the overpass at 53 Avenue around 12:30 p.m. when he threw the concrete slab, hitting the windshield – on the passenger side – of a vehicle. The driver suffered minor injuries but did not require treatment by paramedics.

The suspect then walked away from the scene, going east on 53 Avenue, police say.

About an hour later, around 1:40 p.m., police were told a man threw rocks into traffic on Whitemud from the overpass at 99 Street. The roof of a vehicle was struck; the driver was not injured.

In both incidents, the suspect was identified as a man around five-foot-eight with an average build. He was wearing a black hoodie with the hood up. In the second incident, the man was reportedly wearing a black backpack.

“Throwing objects at moving vehicles is extremely dangerous and we are lucky that citizens were not seriously injured or killed,” said Staff Sgt. Kevin Clague in a news release.

Edmonton police are investigating whether the incidents are related. They are asking witnesses to come forward, as well as anyone with relevant dashcam footage.

“Anyone who witnessed these events, or similarly had objects thrown at their vehicle while travelling on Whitemud Drive yesterday, is asked to please reach out to us as soon as possible,” added Clague.

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