Police believe concrete intentionally thrown from bridge, killing driver in I-24 crash


A driver was killed in a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 24 Tuesday morning after authorities believe a chunk of concrete was intentionally thrown from a bridge.   

It happened in downtown Nashville near the Shelby Avenue exit just before 5 a.m.    

Police said at this point in the investigation it appears likely the chunk of concrete was thrown from the Shelby Avenue Bridge.  

(Photo: Metro-Nashville Police Department) 

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has since inspected the bridge and determined the concrete was not part of the structure and more closely resembles a roadway curb.  

Police said Joe Shelton Jr., a Nissan employee, was driving to work when the concrete went through his windshield and hit him in the face.  

The 54-year-old’s Nissan sideswiped a Toyota pickup truck and guardrail before coming to a stop on the Silliman Evans Bridge.  

Investigators are reviewing surveillance cameras in the area.  

The crash remains under investigation.   Anyone with information on the crash is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.  

Nissan released a statement late Tuesday afternoon saying, “We are saddened to learn of Joe’s passing. Our deepest sympathies are with his family members, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.”     


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