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State Police: Multiple shattered windshields on I-95 occurred during same time-frame

Posted at 6:54 PM, Mar 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-23 18:55:51-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Tim Ryan didn't know what to make of this smashed windshield that happened last week as he drove into work around 4:45 a.m.

Just as he passed the Bells Road area, something flew into his windshield out of nowhere.

“My first thought was that someone was shooting. It sounded just that loud” Ryan said.  Shaken and puzzled, Ryan continued on to work and spotted the damage once he arrived.

He didn't think much about it after that until he saw a woman’s story on CBS 6 News a few days later. Her experience seemed nearly identical to Ryan’s.

The woman and her family were riding north on Interstate 95 on the same stretch when something flew into her windshield, causing glass to spray inside of her car.

“It seemed to be more than coincidence," Ryan explained. "It  didn't seem random. It seemed like it was deliberate.  We contacted Virginia State police."

Sgt. Steve Vick told us a total of three drivers have reported damage within the same time-frame in the same area.

They investigated and found large chunks of wood from a chair were scattered about the interstate. The wood chunks were possibly run over by tractor trailers and other vehicles.

Vick says it is common to see debris along the interstate and advised other drivers that if it happens to you, do your best to pull over safely at the next exit and dial the State Police using  #77.

As for the damage to the vehicles and who is responsible, Vick says the drivers must take that up with their insurance companies.