Car damaged from bottle tossed from Vine St. Expressway

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November 6, 2013 8:34:47 PM PST
Philadelphia police are trying to track down the person who hurled a whiskey bottle from the overpass down onto the Vine Street Expressway.

The dangerous and criminal act could have had disastrous results for someone who happens to work at 6abc.

It happenend right in the middle of the evening rush on the eastbound Vine Street Expressway.

"All of a sudden there was just an explosion in my back seat," said Lori.

Lori who asked us not to show her face says she looked in her back seat and there was a large and empty whiskey bottle.

"It sounded like a cannon went off in my ear. I had no idea what happened," she said.

It appears while she was on her way home Tuesday around 6:00 p.m., someone heaved the bottle off the 15th Street overpass.

The projectile took out Lori's back window; she swerved, pulled over and luckily wasn't injured.

"It was just terrifying," she said. "I was just thankful that it didn't come through my front window because, things could have been a lot worse."

State Police responded but there was a jurisdiction issue since the bottle was thrown from a city road onto the state road.

Philadelphia Police took the report.

Police sources say the dangerous act is rare on 676 which has more than a dozen overpasses with tall metal fences to try to prevent incidents like this from happening.

"It can happen to anyone at any given time; in the morning, in the afternoon, any given time it can happen," said Carmen Finney.

Lori who happens to be an employee at 6abc decided to change up her route home.

"I'm going to take the Walt Whitman home tonight," said Lori.

Action News has learned that Hahnemann University Hospital has a camera pointed in the direction of the incident, but it has not been determined if there is video of the person who threw the bottle.

The crime is a misdemeanor unless it results in injury or death.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.


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