BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — CBS42 has received new reports of car windows and windshields being smashed while people are driving along the Red Mountain Expressway. After seeing our report Monday, several people have reached out to CBS 42, saying it happened to them or a family member.
At this point, Birmingham police have identified four reports of windshield or window damage from unknown objects that hit vehicles travelling along U.S. 31/280 between late Friday night and early Saturday morning.
We are also getting reports on our website about the same type of incidents going back even further.
Investigators and victims aren’t sure exactly what sorts of objects have been inflicting the damage, but they know it’s not a normal occurrence.
On CBS42.com, a person identified as JG writes:
“My car & my sister in law’s car both got damaged on Saturday, March 8th around 11PM right after we got on the Red Mtn. Expressway from Highland Ave. I incurred body damage & her windshield was busted.”
P Ray writes:
“My daughter and her husband were hit there Friday night around ten – hit the back, right passengers side door and window. After speaking with a friend about it on Saturday – he too was hit around that time.”
We also heard from Nancy Cooper. She has a new theory about what shattered her sunroof on February 27th just up the expressway near the 3rd Avenue Exit.
“I actually had the sunroof closed luckily. And I was the only car on the road there was nobody in front of me, beside me, there wasn’t even anybody close behind me,” said Nancy Cooper.
“It sounded like I had just been in a wreck, and then I just started hearing the rushing of wind above my head and I could just hear the glass falling.”
“It was almost like a purpose direct hit going for the middle of the sunroof,” said Cooper. “It wound up costing me 520 dollars.”
“It’s just scary the fact that I have a 6 year old daughter and she could have been in the back seat and if I would have had the sun visor open we both would have got glass in our face. And I honestly, I’m not sure if I would have got glass in my face at that speed if I could have kept control of the car either,” she continued.
One victim told CBS 42 that he saw a piece of cinder block come from the side of the road into the windshield of the car he was riding in, but the driver told CBS 42 police also mentioned the possibility of someone shooting frozen paintballs or marbles out of paintball guns.
Other victims report that it might have been a brick that hit their car.
Victims tell us front and rear windshields are being hit, but so are side windows.
Investigators are still working to determine what types of objects are involved in the incidents and whether they’re being tossed from a bridge or thrown from the side of the road.
CBS 42’s Sherri Jackson asked Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper what’s being done to keep people safe. Roper says right now they are working to identify exactly what’s hitting cars and how.
“It’s really interesting regarding ours at this point and time a couple of vehicles were damaged before they went under the bridge their we can’t tell yet if it’s coming from the side or the top, so we’ll just flood the area with officers and also call on the citizens to assist us,” said Chief A.C. Roper, Birmingham Police Department.
Birmingham Police Dept. Public Information Officer Lt. Sean Edwards says officers in the South Precinct areas have stepped up patrols in the area.