Pumpkin thrown off I-70 overpass crashes into Indiana State University student’s car

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A night celebrating Halloween with friends almost ended in disaster for an Indiana State University student.

Early Sunday morning, Caleb Needham was driving back to Terre Haute after visiting a haunted house in Greenwood with friends. On his way home, Needham noticed a semi-truck swerve in front of him before it crossed under an overpass on I-70. Assuming the driver was avoiding an animal, Needham said he didn’t think much of it until he noticed a pumpkin splattered on the road. Even then , he thought it had fallen off a truck. As he passed the other side of the overpass, a pumpkin fell through his windshield and into his passenger seat.

Needham said he was in a state of shock as he turned on his flashers and pulled to the side of the road. According to the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police were the responding officers along with a couple of officers from the sheriff’s department.

“ISP wants to encourage motorists if you see individuals congregating on a bridge or overpass to please call police immediately,” a statement from Sergeant Matt Ames from ISP said. “Our troopers are being vigilant and watching bridges and overpasses.”

Needham said he is thankful this happened to him since he was the only person in the vehicle.

“I’m just glad it happened to me where it was just me in the car and it wasn’t like a family coming back from vacation,” Needham said. “Like, a family loses their mother or father or like one of their children.”

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