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THP investigating rocks hurled off overpass in Roane

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating after 15 cars were damaged by rocks thrown from an I-40 overpass one night last month.

The reports started coming in on July 19. Some people driving on I-40 east in Roane County, between the Buttermilk Road exit at mile marker 362 and mile marker 366 reported their vehicles were hit by rocks thrown from an overpass. Others reported striking rocks in the roadway that had already been thrown on to the interstate. That night, a THP supervisor’s vehicle struck a rock in the roadway while responding to the scene, which caused around $3500 worth of damage to his patrol vehicle.

A few days after the initial salvo of rocks, another woman reported that a rock tossed off an overpass had shattered the sunroof of her SUV.

Most of the damage was minor, but one vehicle had to be towed. Luckily, no one was injured.

THP has no suspects at this time but are continuing to work with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and the DA’s office to try and identify the culprit or culprits.

Troopers worked with the impacted motorists on reports to help them with their insurance claims.

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Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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