Thrown stone puts driver at risk

The life of a van driver was put in jeopardy when a stone, believed to have been thrown by a child, shattered his windscreen.

The 46-year-old Ford Transit driver was hit on the A38 dual carriageway at Liskeard, Cornwall, as he was headed west in the direction of Bodmin. The stone, dropped from an overpass over the dual carriageway, hit the passenger side of the windscreen, missing the driver by just a few feet.

Devon and Cornwall Police Detective Sergeant Tim Wright said: "The risk of serious injury or even death cannot be over-emphasised.

"If the stone had hit the windscreen just two feet closer (to the driver), then the driver could have been seriously injured, or he could have lost control and crashed his vehicle."

Up to six children were seen on an overpass over the dual carriageway before the incident, which took place at 2pm last Friday.

Devon and Cornwall Police believe a stone was dropped by at least one of the children standing in Station Road where it passed over the busy trunk road.

Detective Sergeant Wright added: "Parents should discuss the dangers of this sort of behaviour with their children and ensure that they've done everything they can to reduce the risks of them causing injury in similar circumstances."

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