June 20, 2014
Log thrown from M5 bridge onto car in new incident near Burnham

Police are investigating a new M5 incident in which a log of wood was thrown onto a car from a motorway bridge near Burnham-On-Sea.

An investigation has begun after the vehicle was damaged when it was struck by the falling object, which was thrown from a bridge between junctions 23 at Highbridge and 22 at Burnham.

The incident occurred as the vehicle travelled near a bridge that crosses over the Huntspill River.

"The log caused damage to the vehicle, which had to stop on the hard shoulder. It was later towed to a nearby motorway services to be repaired," said a spokesman.

The man who threw the log is described by a witness as white, around 16-17-years-old, 5'6" tall, with a round face and with wavy blonde hair.

Burnham Police are already investigating an incident in which a lorry's windscreen was smashed by youths throwing stones in the same location at around the same time, as we reported here.

PC Ross Brayley said: "Fortunately the driver was not injured and managed to avoid a collision despite the damaged windscreen. However, the outcome could have been very different and I want the people responsible to stop and think about the possible consequences of their actions. Throwing stones might seem minor to you but if someone had been seriously injured that would weigh on your conscience for a long time."

Readers with any information about the incident should contact Burnham Police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting the reference number 57740/14.

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