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Police: Deadly Nashville Crash Caused By Rock Thrown From Overpass

Posted at 6:32 AM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 06:33:24-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV)– Police in Tennessee believe someone threw a chunk of concrete from a highway overpass, killing a driver who was on his way to work.

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department says 54-year-old Joe C. Shelton Jr. was killed when the concrete came through his front windshield and hit him in the face. The incident happened just before 5 a.m. Tuesday while Shelton was driving on Interstate 24 near downtown Nashville. Shelton was traveling from his home in Pleasant View to his job at a Nissan plant in Smyrna.

Tennessee Transportation Department bridge inspectors determined the concrete was not part of the nearby Shelby Avenue Bridge. They say the chunk more closely resembles a roadway curb.

Police believe the chunk was thrown from the bridge and are reviewing available surveillance footage of the area.

According to WSMV, after Shelton was hit, he sideswiped a Toyota pickup truck and a guardrail before coming to a stop.

Nissan released the following statement on Shelton’s death:

“We are saddened to learn of Joe’s passing. Our deepest sympathies are with his family members, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.”

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department tweeted a picture of the concrete slab believed to be thrown, along with a picture of Shelton’s windshield.