Tombstone thrown from overpass; injures truck driver

| Monday, June 16, 2008

An Arkansas trucking company wants information about the person who injured one of its drivers last week. In fact, the company wants the information badly enough that it’s offering a $25,000 reward to get it.

The Associated Press reported that Gerald Webb, a truck driver with Frank Thompson Transport of El Dorado, AR, was driving along the Cherokee Turnpike on Thursday, June 12, near Locust Grove, OK, when someone tossed a piece of a tombstone off an overpass.

The tombstone smashed through the windshield of Webb’s truck, leaving him critically injured.

By state law, throwing objects from overpasses and brides is a felony punishable by 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. If the victim dies, authorities could ask for second-degree murder charges.

Locust Grove Mayor Shawn Bates, who also owns the Locust Grove Funeral Home, was interviewed by The Oklahoman and called the incident “demented.”

Anyone with information can call Frank Thompson Transport directly at 1-800-548-3802.

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