BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
MONTROSE – Lee County Sheriff Stacy Weber issued a warning Thursday afternoon to motorists regarding large rocks being left in the middle of Hwy 61.
Weber said he wasn’t sure if the recurring problem is an issue of vandals trying to damage cars or if trucks are dropping the rocks in transit to and from construction locations.
“I really don’t know how it’s happening but we’re seeing more and more occurrences and motorists need to exercise caution, especially at night,” Weber said. “At 65 mph you can still see, but when you’re going over that speed limit on the highways you can outrun your headlights and can hit these things and there doing some damage to cars.”
The Lee County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page had the following warning posted late this afternoon.
“We want to make sure the public is aware of something. Over the past two years, We have investigated numerous complaints of large rocks left on Highway 61 from as far north as the old Highway 61 turn off to as far south as Airport Road. These items left in the roadway, especially at night, have caused multiple accidents and luckily, no one has been injured. We ask the public to be aware of this and if you know of anyone who might have information as to whom is responsible, we urge you to report it to us.”
The warning also indicated that information could be turned over to Lee County Crimestoppers where rewards up to $1,000 could be available for criminal information that leads to an arrest. Crime Stopper information can left at 1-800-382-8900