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Birmingham PD investigate reports of objects being thrown from overpasses

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Police say that some of the incidents have happened at the Highland Ave. overpass at Red Mountain Expressway. Source: WBRC video Police say that some of the incidents have happened at the Highland Ave. overpass at Red Mountain Expressway. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Birmingham police have what could be a major problem to solve. They fear that someone may be throwing objects from highway overpasses.

One spot being targeted is the Red Mountain Expressway. Birmingham police say that the first incidents reportedly happened March 14 and the most recent reportedly happened Monday.

At this point, they don't know what is being thrown but hope to catch the culprit. They are also asking the public to be on the lookout.

As a valet at Bottega restaurant on Highland Avenue, Trent Ralston is constantly running to and from a parking lot that overlooks the Red Mount Expressway.

He hasn't seen anything or anyone strange recently but hearing someone may be throwing objects from the overpass concerns him.

"You're liable to hurt somebody, seriously injure somebody. Why someone would want to do that, I don't know," he said.

Birmingham police say since March 14, six drivers have filed reports saying they were traveling here and under the 31st Street bridge along I-20/59 when all of a sudden they say their cars were hit with an unknown object.

"Most of the time, it's side windows, rear windshields, sunroof on cars," Lt. Sean Edwards said. "One thing we noticed on the first four reports, it happened between the hours of 10:30 at night ‘til five minutes after midnight."

Officers have yet to recover any objects from the vehicles.

Still, they are taking the reports seriously, asking patrol officers to be more visible, alerting plain clothes officers to work the areas more, and even approving overtime for those trying to find suspects.

"We've also reached out to business owners to see if we can get video of anything suspicious or folks hanging out on the overpasses," Edwards said.

"That's pretty scary. Especially with people who have children in the car. That's just an awful feeling," Clinton Thornton said.

Thornton says he and his wife drive Red Mountain Expressway regularly and with her being almost nine months pregnant, he'll especially keep an eye out.

"It really causes you to be more careful, prayerful about your surroundings. You can never be too careful," he said.

If, while traveling, your vehicle is hit by an object thrown from an overpass, police ask that you pull over immediately, as safely as you can, and call them so they can get someone to the area right away.

So far no one has been hurt in these instances but police say they're goal is to get whoever is responsible off the streets, before someone is injured or killed.

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