Van hit by rocks thrown from Danish motorway bridge

The E45 motorway near Vojens was closed early Tuesday afternoon after a rock was thrown from a motorway bridge by three people.

Van hit by rocks thrown from Danish motorway bridge
File photo: Bax Lindhardt/Scanpix

South Jutland Police and the Danish Road Directorate (Vejdirektoratet) confirmed that a van had been hit by a rock thrown from a bridge.

Police later confirmed via press statement that no injuries had been sustained as a result of the vandalism, although the windscreen of the van that was hit by the rock was smashed.

The stone was thrown from a bridge at exit 68 of the E45 motorway near Vojens. Police were informed of the incident at 11:21am, according to the statement.

Drivers who may have passed the bridge around the time of the incident are encouraged to contact the police should they have any information that could lead to the three individuals.

Police currently have no firm leads as to their identity, according to the statement.

The motorway was temporarily closed as police secured potential evidence and was reopened at around 2:30pm.

A similar incident is currently being investigated by police on the island of Funen, reports news agency Ritzau.

In the early hours of September 9th, a rock weighing 40 kilograms was thrown from a motorway bridge at the Spedsbjergvej road, according to the report.

A passing car was able to avoid the rock in that incident, which is being treated by police as an attempt to kill one or more motorists.

Last year, a German woman was killed after a stone thrown from a bridge hit her car, also on the Funen motorway.

The woman’s husband survived his injuries and the pair’s child was unharmed.

Neither of the two Funen cases have been resolved, reports Ritzau.

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Driving in Denmark: Police probe more ‘falling objects’ from motorway bridges

South Jutland police are investigating another incident in which a driver's car was hit by an unspecified object that fell from a motorway bridge.

Driving in Denmark: Police probe more 'falling objects' from motorway bridges
File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Police are inquiring as to whether a crime may be behind the incident, which left a crack on the car’s windscreen, local media Horsens Folkeblad reports.

Recent years have seen a string of incidents in which rocks have been thrown from motorway bridges into oncoming traffic. Once such act resulted in the death of a German woman who was a passenger in a vehicle which was hit. The case, which is being treated as murder, is yet to be solved.

The latest episode occurred when a woman from Svendborg on the island of Funen drove under a bridge on the Danish motorway at around 9:40am on Thursday.

Her car received a crack to the windscreen around three centimetres in length, but the woman was able to keep the vehicle and control and continue driving. She reported the incident shortly afterwards, inspector Lars Peter Madsen of South East Jutland Police confirmed to Horsens Folkeblad.

“We are taking this quite seriously because it is potentially very dangerous to be hit by a rock on the motorway,” Madsen said.

The inspector added he hoped for potential witnesses who may have seen something on the bridge, which is on the Bredalsvej road near Hedensted, to come forward.

On Wednesday this week, a similar incident saw a car hit by an unidentified object on the E45 motorway in South Jutland, close to the exit for Christiansfeld.

In that instance, the car’s sunroof was smashed but nobody was injured.

Police subsequently closed the motorway in order to search an extended area, but this did not turn up any further information.

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