Originally created 05/25/04

Rock from highway overpass kills motorist in Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A passenger in a sport utility vehicle was killed Monday by a rock dropped from a highway overpass, authorities said.

The rock, the size of a bowling ball, crashed through the windshield around 1:45 a.m. on Interstate 75, WVLT-TV reported.

Police searched for witnesses.

The name of the victim was not immediately released.

In 1995, a driver was seriously injured when a man dropped a tombstone from an I-75 overpass about 40 miles south of Knoxville. The man was sentenced to three years in prison.

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