Vehicles pelted with rocks from expressway overbridge
Motorists were pelted with rocks and a wooden pallet from an overbridge in an early-morning attack on the Ka¯piti expressway.
Ka¯piti Coast police were calling for community help after the attack on multiple vehicles on the new, $630 million road.
Police said at about 2.30am on Thursday last week, an ‘‘unknown person or persons’’ threw objects including rocks and a wooden pallet from the Nga¯rara Rd over bridge at vehicles travelling below along the expressway.
They said a number of vehicles were damaged, including five trucks and a car, in an attack which ‘‘could have easily caused serious injury or death to any of the motorists’’.
Vehicles on both north and southbound lanes were targeted, police said.
A police spokeswoman said officers searched the area after the emergency calls – including one where a driver reported someone had ‘‘hit their truck from above’’ – but could not locate those involved.
Tree branches were also thrown from the overbridge, she said.
The Nga¯rara Rd overbridge runs from Waikanae township and connects to the nearby Nga Manu Nature Reserve.
The expressway includes multiple overbridges along its length.
A truck was hit by objects hurled from an overbridge on the Ka¯piti expressway.