WARNING: Beware of rock throwers on busy east road

A motorist recently witnessed a group of people dropping a big rock from the Simon Vermooten bridge over the N4 highway.

A motorist has warned other road users against people who throw rocks at moving vehicles on the highway.

Marlene Nel said she witnessed a group of people dropping a big rock from the Simon Vermooten bridge over the N4 highway.

“I saw people standing on the bridge, but did not make much of it.

“Just as we drove past the bridge, a rock fell from above.”

Nel said she was lucky enough for her car not to have been hit.

“I am not sure if it hit any of the cars behind us.”

She warned other motorists to be careful while driving.

“I do not know if the intention would be to hijack the vehicle or to rob the drivers.”

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The trend, known to be a robbery trick, in the past has left some injured and even claimed a life.

In 2014, a 43-year-old wife and mother of two tragically died after a rock which had been dropped through the window of her vehicle caused her throat to be slit.

Irene Myburgh (43) and her husband, Pieter (42), were travelling on the R24 between Rustenburg and Magaliesburg when they turned into Pelindaba Road to Pretoria West.

They passed the first toll gate and as they drove underneath the Atteridgeville bridge, an enormous rock struck Irene’s side of the windshield.

In 2016, a man’s upper arm was injured when a rock was dropped onto his car while he was travelling on the N1 south towards John Vorster Drive.

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The rock hit the front wiper, went through the windscreen, hit the dash board, the rear reading lights and then smashed the rear window.

Police spokesperson Captain Anton Breedt said police were not aware of any such incidents.

Breedt said cases were reported last year and police would make arrests at problematic areas.

“Since then, we have not had any cases reported,” he said.

He encouraged motorist to report crimes such as these.

“This will allow police to identify problem areas and monitor them constantly,” he said.

“Motorists are warned not to stop and assess the damage of their cars when objects are thrown.”

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