CANTON - Several drivers will be starting the new year making auto insurance claims. No one was hurt, but their cars were struck by large rocks, while traveling on a Northeast Ohio highway.
"Next thing I know, there was a big, loud bang, hit my truck, pulled off to the side of the road to find concrete laying all over the road," said Craig Frank.
Frank also found damage to his Chevy pickup truck. He says he was driving to the grocery store around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday on State Route 30 in Canton. As he approached the Harrison Avenue exit, a large rock damaged the area around his passenger side mirror.
"It was thrown, I mean...I didn't see it coming, I didn't see who did it, but, it's a steel bridge, there's...I mean, it was thrown and you can see the force that was there. I mean, that didn't fall from above," said Frank.
Canton police say at least five drivers reported having their vehicles damaged by rocks in the same location in a five hour period.
"The car in front of me was off to the side of the road already and their windshield was totally smashed in...had it gone through the windshield, it would've hit the driver right in the face because that's exactly where it hit," said Frank.
Photos provided by Canton police show exactly how much debris was on the highway.
"I seen stuff laying in the road and I swerved out around it, but had I not swerved I would've probably got it in the windshield as well. While we were sitting there calling 911, two more cars behind us got hit," he said.
Canton police say they are looking for witnesses who may have seen someone throwing rocks onto the highway or a truck dropping debris along the way between noon and 3 p.m. Wednesday. Craig Frank says although getting his truck fixed is an inconvenient way to start 2016, he is glad that he or no one else was injured.
"It's gonna be an expense. The people that got hit in the windshield in front of me, they're fortunate that they're alive."