Marine's lucky escape after rock was thrown from motorway bridge

AJ Orchard

AJ Orchard

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

IT could have killed us.

Those are the words of a Royal Marine after a rock thrown off a motorway bridge smashed through the roof of his car.

Corporal AJ Orchard was driving at night on the M3 through Hampshire when the large stone crashed through the sunroof into the back of his Renault Megane.

As reported yesterday, the rock, which measured four inches by three inches, is thought to have been hurled from the bridge carrying the A27 over the motorway at Chilworth.

Luckily it missed AJ and his partner, who were travelling to the Midlands to meet friends.

AJ, from Charminster, Bournemouth, kept his cool and even managed to avoid swerving into other traffic, which he puts down to serving in Afghanistan.

Police are now investigating and have appealed to anyone who saw the incident to contact them. The 27-year-old told the Daily Echo: “It could have easily killed us.

“I was overtaking a lorry and it came out of nowhere and the roof literally shattered and glass was everywhere inside.

“We pulled over and my missus found the stone in the back.

“It was the size of two fists and too big to have been a chip off the road.

“I realised it must have been thrown.

“Luckily we had the sunroof curtain over and it caught most of the glass.

“Imagine if it had come through the windscreen at 70mph, or if it had come through the sunroof and knocked me out and I had gone out of control and crashed – it could have caused a pile up.

“I don’t know what was going through the head of whoever did this.

“If you are going to throw a rock like that off a bridge you must know it could do damage.

“It is not going to ping off.”

A Hampshire police spokesman said: “It is highly dangerous and it could cause a serious accident.

“Anyone who does it will also find themselves having to face the consequences of their actions.”

Anyone with information about the incident, which happened at about 8pm on Friday, January 4, can contact PC Mike Duke at Eastleigh police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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12:19pm Thu 10 Jan 13

voiceinthecrowd says...

Surely when caught they should be charged with attempted murder
afterall they must have taken the rock etc to the bridge with the sole purpose of killing
Surely when caught they should be charged with attempted murder afterall they must have taken the rock etc to the bridge with the sole purpose of killing voiceinthecrowd
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12:26pm Thu 10 Jan 13

chrisja says...

Since when was 4"x3" the "size of two fists"? Sounds to me like like someone is exaggerating...
Since when was 4"x3" the "size of two fists"? Sounds to me like like someone is exaggerating... chrisja
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12:29pm Thu 10 Jan 13

chrisja says...

voiceinthecrowd wrote:
Surely when caught they should be charged with attempted murder afterall they must have taken the rock etc to the bridge with the sole purpose of killing
Taken it to the bridge with "the sole pupose of killing"? Are you stupid too? If these were kids their sole purpose is to cause damage and distruption, extremely unlikely to kill - they just realise the potential consequences of their actions as their frontal lobes aren't yet fully developed.
[quote][p][bold]voiceinthecrowd[/bold] wrote: Surely when caught they should be charged with attempted murder afterall they must have taken the rock etc to the bridge with the sole purpose of killing[/p][/quote]Taken it to the bridge with "the sole pupose of killing"? Are you stupid too? If these were kids their sole purpose is to cause damage and distruption, extremely unlikely to kill - they just realise the potential consequences of their actions as their frontal lobes aren't yet fully developed. chrisja
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12:34pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Mary80 says...

It should come under attempted murder it doesnt matter if the one throwing didnt intend, it still is attempted murder
It should come under attempted murder it doesnt matter if the one throwing didnt intend, it still is attempted murder Mary80
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1:13pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Taskforce 141 says...

what would of happened if their was a young child on the back seat?... A totally different story!
what would of happened if their was a young child on the back seat?... A totally different story! Taskforce 141
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2:07pm Thu 10 Jan 13

red/whitearmy says...

CCTV needed on bridges crossing over motorways with warning signs regarding throwing any objects over the side.
CCTV needed on bridges crossing over motorways with warning signs regarding throwing any objects over the side. red/whitearmy
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2:17pm Thu 10 Jan 13

acid drop says...

voiceinthecrowd wrote:
Surely when caught they should be charged with attempted murder
afterall they must have taken the rock etc to the bridge with the sole purpose of killing
when caught the scrote/scrotes should be thrown off a m/way bridge.
[quote][p][bold]voiceinthecrowd[/bold] wrote: Surely when caught they should be charged with attempted murder afterall they must have taken the rock etc to the bridge with the sole purpose of killing[/p][/quote]when caught the scrote/scrotes should be thrown off a m/way bridge. acid drop
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4:59pm Thu 10 Jan 13

elvisimo says...

chrisja wrote:
voiceinthecrowd wrote:
Surely when caught they should be charged with attempted murder afterall they must have taken the rock etc to the bridge with the sole purpose of killing
Taken it to the bridge with "the sole pupose of killing"? Are you stupid too? If these were kids their sole purpose is to cause damage and distruption, extremely unlikely to kill - they just realise the potential consequences of their actions as their frontal lobes aren't yet fully developed.
Agreed
[quote][p][bold]chrisja[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]voiceinthecrowd[/bold] wrote: Surely when caught they should be charged with attempted murder afterall they must have taken the rock etc to the bridge with the sole purpose of killing[/p][/quote]Taken it to the bridge with "the sole pupose of killing"? Are you stupid too? If these were kids their sole purpose is to cause damage and distruption, extremely unlikely to kill - they just realise the potential consequences of their actions as their frontal lobes aren't yet fully developed.[/p][/quote]Agreed elvisimo
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5:07pm Thu 10 Jan 13

bigfella777 says...

There must be a chance it could have come from the lorry, what sort of lorry was it? What was it carrying and if it didn't come directly off the lorry it could have been flicked up by it. These incidences happen quite a lot.
I'm not saying that is what happened but it could have done.
There must be a chance it could have come from the lorry, what sort of lorry was it? What was it carrying and if it didn't come directly off the lorry it could have been flicked up by it. These incidences happen quite a lot. I'm not saying that is what happened but it could have done. bigfella777
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7:13pm Thu 10 Jan 13

richieroo says...

bigfella777 wrote:
There must be a chance it could have come from the lorry, what sort of lorry was it? What was it carrying and if it didn't come directly off the lorry it could have been flicked up by it. These incidences happen quite a lot. I'm not saying that is what happened but it could have done.
That's what I was thinking, if it was a lorry filled with aggregate or rubble etc.
There was a female d.j. killed a few years back by a complete cats eye being flicked up out of the road by another vehicle & coming through the windscreen, at the M3/A34 junction if I remember correctly?.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: There must be a chance it could have come from the lorry, what sort of lorry was it? What was it carrying and if it didn't come directly off the lorry it could have been flicked up by it. These incidences happen quite a lot. I'm not saying that is what happened but it could have done.[/p][/quote]That's what I was thinking, if it was a lorry filled with aggregate or rubble etc. There was a female d.j. killed a few years back by a complete cats eye being flicked up out of the road by another vehicle & coming through the windscreen, at the M3/A34 junction if I remember correctly?. richieroo
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10:56pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Graeme Harrison says...

Mary80 wrote:
It should come under attempted murder it doesnt matter if the one throwing didnt intend, it still is attempted murder
Given that you obviously know f*ck all about either the Criminal Attempts Act 1981 or the elements of the offence of murder in English law, please tell me you're not a member of the legal profession.
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: It should come under attempted murder it doesnt matter if the one throwing didnt intend, it still is attempted murder[/p][/quote]Given that you obviously know f*ck all about either the Criminal Attempts Act 1981 or the elements of the offence of murder in English law, please tell me you're not a member of the legal profession. Graeme Harrison
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