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Rocks thrown at drivers in rural Lane County, OSP says

Dawn Crump said she was driving with her three grandchildren when a rock thrown from a truck crashed through her windshield.

Posted: Dec. 10, 2018 6:06 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Oregon State Police are investigating after two cars were damaged by rocks thrown from a passing truck over the weekend in rural Lane County.

Lt. Vonn Schleicher said the first incident happened on Highway 36 at milepost 35 in the Triangle Lake area on Saturday at 4:22 p.m. Schleicher said a bicyclist also had a rock thrown at him at the same location. No one was injured.

"These are definitely random acts," Schleicher said.

Less than 24 hours later, Schleicher said it happened again on Clear Lake Road and Territorial Highway.

Dawn Crump said she was driving with her three grandchildren when a rock thrown from a truck crashed through her windshield. Schleicher said they were mere inches away from being seriously injured.

"As a truck passed me, I heard what I thought was a gunshot," Crump said. "It's very scary to think it was so random, and it could happen again."

Bill Morrow, a mechanic in nearby Elmira who's been in business in the small community for 16 years, is worried it could happen again.

"It scares you because you don't know what is going to happen next," Morrow said.

Oregon State Police describe the suspected truck as a dark-colored lifted flatbed with a loud muffler. They are urging anyone with information to come forward.

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