Police: Man killed after concrete chunk thrown off Shelby Ave Bridge in downtown Nashville

Metro PD

Nashville police are investigating after they say a chunk of concrete was likely thrown from a bridge, causing a deadly crash on a busy interstate Tuesday morning.

Joe C. Shelton Jr., 54, of Pleasant View was killed when the concrete went through the windshield of his Nissan GT-R sports car on I-24 near downtown.

Police said the concrete was "likely" thrown from the Shelby Street Bridge. TDOT said the concrete didn't come from the bridge itself, but more resembled a roadway curb.

The concrete chunk went straight through Shelton's windshield and hit him in the face at about 4:54 a.m. He was on his way to work at the Nissan plan in Smyrna when it happened.

"We are saddened to learn of Joe’s passing. Our deepest sympathies are with his family members, friends and colleagues at this difficult time." - Nissan Group of North America

Shelton's car then sideswiped a pickup truck and guardrail before coming to a final rest on I-24's Silliman Evans Bridge.

There's no description on the person who could have done this. Police are currently reviewing surveillance video.

Anyone with information, or if they saw someone on the bridge around this time, should call 615-742-7463.

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