Illinois police are investigating a report of an item believed to be a large turnip that was thrown at a semi truck from an overpass on Monday.
The incident occurred around 12:15 a.m. on May 18 near Lyndon, Illinois.
Truck driver Scott Coyle was eastbound on I-88 when someone threw an object off of the Yorktown Road overpass at his vehicle.
“Thankfully as a truck driver I tend to be more aware of my surroundings than the typical commuter so as I approached I noticed a figure in the darkness and my initial reaction was thinking about those who’ve had their lives ended or altered by people throwing rocks off overpasses but I resigned myself to believing it was just a sign only for that to change a split second later,” Coyle wrote in a social media post warning other truck drivers to use caution in the area.
The object struck Coyle’s truck, cracking the windshield.
Coyle was able to pull off the interstate at the next exit and call police.
When officers from the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office arrived, they saw that the debris left over from the thrown object was purple and said that it was a ‘possible turnip’ that had been thrown at Coyle’s windshield, according to local news outlet KWQC.
Coyle wasn’t injured during the incident.
Anyone who has information related to the incident is asked to contact the Crimestoppers line at 815-625-7867.
This is not the first time that an unusual food item has done significant damage to a semi truck. A bag of spaghetti and meatballs thrown at a UPS semi in Wayne County, Indiana, in May 2017 caused serious damage to the cab of the truck.