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Police: Driver killed by concrete chunk thrown from overpass

In this photo released by the Nashville Police, a vehicle is seen damaged after a large piece of concrete entered the vehicle on Interstate 24, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. police believe a piece of concrete may have been thrown from an overpass and are looking for witnesses who may have seen it happen. (Nashville Police via AP)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee believe someone threw a chunk of concrete from a highway overpass, killing a driver who was on his way to work.

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department says 54-year-old Joe C. Shelton Jr. was killed when the concrete came through his front windshield and hit him in the face. The incident happened just before 5 a.m. Tuesday while Shelton was driving on Interstate 24 near downtown Nashville. Shelton was travelling from his home in Pleasant View to his job at a Nissan plant in Smyrna.

Tennessee Transportation Department bridge inspectors determined the concrete was not part of the nearby Shelby Avenue Bridge. They say the chunk more closely resembles a roadway curb.

Police believe the chunk was thrown from the bridge and are reviewing available surveillance footage of the area.

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