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14 December 2014, 05:28 | Updated: 14 December 2014, 05:30
Police were called to the A120, close to the A133 junction, near Great Bromley, shortly after 9.40pm on Friday December 12 following reports that a grey Fiat 500 car had been struck by a piece of concrete.
Officers attended to find the driver of the car, a 20-year-old woman from the Colchester area, parked in a nearby lay-by and suffering from shock but physically unharmed.
A piece of concrete approximately 1ft by 1ft in size was lodged in the centre of the car's windscreen.
The incident happened at around 9.30pm as the woman was driving along the A120 in the direction of Harwich.
She had joined the road at the Ardleigh Interchange and was heading towards the A133 junction when the concrete hit the car.
Just before the impact at least one vehicle had passed the woman's car and she was also close to a bridge over the A120, although access to this bridge is difficult. A full search of the area was carried out, with the assistance of the police helicopter, but no trace of anyone suspicious was found.
The source of the concrete has not yet been established but it appears to be a fragment of a paving slab or concrete pathway and there was no apparent structural damage to any nearby bridge. At this time Essex Police are considering all options including the possibilities that this was an accident or a criminal act.
Detectives would like to hear from anyone who was driving on the A120 near Great Bromley around the time that this incident occurred. They are asked to contact Clacton CID on 101. Detective Inspector Leighton Hammett said: "We are keen to identify the vehicle that overtook the woman just before the impact, any vehicles that may have been transporting concrete or any suspicious behaviour seen on bridges. If you were driving on the A120 or via any bridges between the Ardleigh Interchange and the A133 junction at the relevant time and have any information please call us."