Woman 'lucky' over car rock horror
A driver whose windscreen was smashed when a rock the size of a football was dropped from a bridge has spoken of her relief at her miracle escape.
Mother-of-two Lisa Horne, 26, said she believed that "somebody was looking over me" after she and her 48-year-old mother escaped unharmed when their Vauxhall Astra was targeted on the A12 in Essex last Thursday evening.
She said the perpetrator must be caught before someone is killed.
"Obviously, if I was going any faster, it may have been a different story. I do feel very lucky," she told a news conference.
"I am scared to drive, I don't think I will be driving in the dark. I certainly won't be going down the A12."
The incident happened under the Fryerning Lane Bridge near Ingatestone.
Ms Horne was driving to Chelmsford with her mother, Stella Horne, after a day's Christmas shopping at Lakeside Shopping Centre when the large piece of granite slammed on to their bonnet.
Forty minutes later, a 57-year-old woman was left with fractures to her face and ribs and internal injuries when a "bucket-sized" piece of concrete was dropped on to her vehicle from a different bridge on the same stretch of road between Chelmsford and London.
The second incident took place at 10.05pm as the car passed under West Hanningfield Bridge near Galleywood. The woman, who is in a stable condition at Broomfield Hospital in Essex, was in the car with her husband, the driver, who suffered minor cuts and bruises.
Police are treating both incidents as attempted murder and are investigating whether they have any definite links to more than 30 similar incidents on bridges along the A12 in Essex during the past three years.