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VSP: Large rocks being thrown at cars

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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. - There's a warning to drivers traveling through the Northeast Kingdom. Police say someone is throwing large rocks at cars and drivers tell us they're scared there will be deadly consequences.

Over the past two years there have been more than 140 fatalities on Vermont roads. It's a statistic that may be startling and drivers on Interstate 91 have a new reason to worry.

"it is ridiculous, it is scary," said Luc Pinon from Bradford.

According to Vermont State Police, at least three vehicles were damaged in St. Johnsbury after they were hit by large rocks that police say were thrown at the cars.

It happened Tuesday night by mile marker 130. Pinon drives to St. Johnsbury for appointments and to shop.

"Yeah, I am kind of stunned that somebody would even do this kind of thing," said Pinon.

We do not know if the rocks were thrown from the side of the road or from a bridge. What we do know is that the softball sized stones have the potential to do a lot of damage.

"If it happens to hit the windshield it can go right through the windshield and actually hit the driver or the passenger," said Wes Ward.

Ward owns and auto body shop in town.

"It can also scare you enough to make you drive right off the road and we all know what happens when somebody drives off the road. It tends to get catastrophic," said Ward.

Ward says it's always important for drivers to stay alert, especially this time of year because of deer and moose.

But flying rocks, that's even more unexpected.

"Especially if it comes from the side of the road and you don't have any warning or see it happen. I mean things happen in a split second and things can really hurt somebody seriously," said Ward.

Luckily, the three vehicles involved in Tuesday night's incident sustained only minor damage and there were no reports of injuries and while police attempt to track down whoever is involved, drivers are sending their own message to the culprits.

"It's not safe. Stop doing it," said Pinon.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vermont State Police.

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