Driver's lucky escape after slab smashes through windscreen

By News desk 20/02 Updated: 20/02 14:30

Buy photos » Callum Jackson uses two bricks to show the size of the unexpected missile which smashed through his windscreen. Picture supplied by Caters News Agency

A WORCESTER driver had a lucky escape when a concrete block the size of a rugby ball smashed through his windscreen after being dropped from a bridge.

Callum Jackson was driving home last Thursday (February 16) from a meeting at Harper Adams University in Telford where he is studying a degree in agriculture.

He was on the hands-free phone to mum Lauraine Jackson when the brick smashed through his windscreen and landed on the passenger seat.

Callum suffered bruised ribs as a result of the incident and admitted he can't stop thinking what might have happened.

The 23-year-old said: "I had no idea at all what was about to happen. I was on the hands-free phone to my mum when all I heard was this almighty bang like a firework going off.

"I was driving under an unlit bridge and I didn't see anyone standing there.

"The brick hit the left side of the windscreen just above the tax disc, flew past me and landed in the passenger seat.

"I was shouting and swearing. I dread to think what my mum must have thought. I hung up, pulled over and called 999."

Callum, originally from Stoulton near Pershore, recently moved to Warndon Villages with girlfriend Jessica Geoghegan, 23.

"I phoned Jessica immediately, her initial reaction was to drive out to me and collect me. I told her there wasn't any point because a tow truck would take me home anyway," he added.

Callum was driving on the on the A442 at the Wombridge Interchange and the concrete breeze block was thrown as he passed under the Stafford Road bridge.

He said: "If there was a passenger or someone in the back seat it could have been much worse.

"I can not believe that someone would behave in such an animalistic way."

Chief Inspector Keith Gee from West Mercia Police said: "We are particularly keen to trace a lorry driver who was driving along the same stretch of road at the time and may have seen something that could help us with our enquiries.

"As part of our investigation we are looking at CCTV from the surrounding area to identify any possible suspects."

"We would appeal to members of the public with their own CCTV to come forward so we can maximise our chances of identifying those responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to call Telford police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Buy photos» Callum and his girlfriend Jessica. Picture supplied by Caters News Agency

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