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Officials seek clues after sandbags strike two vehicles
A Floresville woman continues her recovery from injuries sustained after officials say someone dropped a 50-pound sandbag onto her family’s vehicle July 25 from an overpass at the U.S. 181 and Loop 1604 interchange near Elmendorf.
Sgt. Devin Keen of the Floresville Police Department said he and Patrolman Matthew Redd were on patrol near the Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville just before 3 a.m. when the family arrived in their damaged Mini Cooper, which had at least 2 inches of sand in the passenger compartment and was missing its passenger-side window.
The sandbag ricocheted off the windshield and entered the vehicle through the passenger-side window before striking the woman.
“He was coming under the underpass and he thought his car blew up,” Keen said of the man, who was driving with his wife and two small daughters in the vehicle.
While the incident was being reported to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, a second similar report came in at roughly the same time from a driver on U.S. 181, said sheriff’s office spokesman Rosanne Hughes. That driver reported that his truck was damaged when a sandbag dropped from the railroad trestle near CPS Energy’s Calaveras power plant. Hughes said the driver was not injured.
Keen said he also heard of reports that road cones were being dropped from overpasses before the suspects jettisoned the sandbags.
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 210-335-TIPS (8477).
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