Man Arrested, Accused Of Throwing Asphalt Chunks Off Bridge At Trucks On I-77

CHESTER CO., S.C. – Investigators are calling it a dangerous and disturbing incident.

A man is accused of throwing chunks of asphalt off a bridge over I-77, hitting several trucks and injuring drivers.

26-year-old Nicholas James is now locked up in the Chester Co. jail.

Investigators say he spent several hours early Monday morning throwing objects off the Highway 901 bridge, targeting truck drivers on I-77, near mile marker 52.

“Why would a person want, you know, to hurt somebody else that they don’t even know?” asks truck driver Wayne Williams.

Williams says his job is hard enough without having to worry about something like this.

“You don’t know what’s coming, and you can drive down the road and not expecting anything like that. You know, it can cause a lot of innocent people to get hurt, Williams says.

Richburg Fire and Rescue posted a picture of a damaged truck windshield, after it was hit with an asphalt chunk, just before 3:00 a.m.

The driver was treated after getting glass in his eyes.

Highway Patrol found James around 3:30 a.m. on the bridge. Deputies arrested him after he admitted throwing the objects onto I-77.

He’s charged with several counts of Malicious Injury to Property.

“There’s no way you can even do anything, if something like that happened, you can’t prepare for that,” says truck driver Omar Watts.

He’s been driving trucks for 16 years and says he doesn’t understand the motive for why someone would do this.

“It’s very hard to imagine. I mean, why?” he asks.