Concrete chunk thrown off Tennessee interstate bridge kills driver


A large chunk of concrete thrown off an interstate bridge in Tennessee claimed the life of a man who was driving to work early on Tuesday morning, according to Metro Nashville police.

The Tennessean reports that Joe C. Shelton Jr., 54, was killed around 5:00 a.m. on Interstate 24 after a huge rock tossed from the Shelby Avenue Bridge went straight through the windshield of his Nissan GT-R and "hit him in the face."

After Shelton was hit, he sideswiped a Toyota pickup truck and a guardrail before coming to a complete stop. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Inspectors with the Tennessee Department of Transportation determined that the concrete chunk was not part of the structure and likely came from a curb, leading authorities to believe it was purposefully thrown off the bridge.

Investigators are asking that people with information about the individual responsible contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.