Michiana driver injured by pumpkin thrown from Toll Road overpass

LaPORTE COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - Pumpkins are commonly made into pies, but they can also be made into "bombs."

Susan Brown, 64, of Edwardsburg lived to express that opinion.

On Tuesday of this week, Brown’s car was hit by a pumpkin apparently thrown off an overpass as she was traveling down the Indiana Toll Road.

“The physics, they did not throw a nice little sweet Halloween pumpkin, although it may have seemed to them like it was. This is literally a bomb,” Brown said.

The pumpkin came crashing through the windshield of Brown’s vehicle and came to rest on the driver’s side floor board.

“It could very easily have killed me," she said. "Just think if there were kids in that car.”

As a result, Brown is black and blue.

“I know it struck me, my jaw is really sore, I thought I had maybe a broken jaw,” Brown said. “I'm still picking glass out of wounds. I’ve got a black eye, I've got bruises all over, I hurt.”

The Indiana State Police are aware of three similar incidents along the Toll Road in about a week’s time.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 7 and 8, vehicle damage was reported from objects encountered around overpasses.

Brown’s incident took place around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13. The pumpkin was apparently thrown from the overpass on North Goldring Road, about five miles east of the Michigan City Toll Road exit.

All three incidents took place between 8:44 p.m. and midnight.

Anyone with information is asked to call Indiana State Trooper Trent Jones at 574-206-2931.

Susan Brown never saw the pumpkin coming. She says she blacked out and woke up with her car in a ditch.

Brown is a former head injury nurse who says she came close to becoming another head injury patient. When asked what kind of punishment the culprits should receive if caught, she replied, “Community (education). Make them go to a head injury rehab, a nursing, go be around people who have had a head injury.”