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Another car hit by projectile on Highway 101 near Prunedale, CHP investigating more than 40 cases

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Posted at 11:48 PM, Nov 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-24 02:54:04-05

The California Highway Patrol says they are investigating more reports of projectiles hitting drivers along Highway 101 in Prunedale, with the latest happening Saturday.

A car was struck by a projectile on Highway 101 at the 156 connectors Saturday afternoon and it's one of at least 41 cases since February.

CHP said around 5 p.m. on Friday evening, a silver Mercedes was carrying five passengers when projectiles blew out one of its windows.

Nearly five minutes later, a school bus carrying members of the Carmel High School Football Team, was also hit according to officials.

KSBW, an NBC-affiliate in Monterey, is reporting the Carmel Unified School District told parents a projectile shattered the emergency window of the bus, spreading glass throughout the cabin.

The hole was created with such force, officers say officers don't know what caused it, according to KSBW.

The CHP said a student inside the bus suffered minor injuries.

Despite the alarming number of cases, the CHP has struggled to find whoever is responsible and determine what exactly the projectiles are.

"We just ask for the public's cooperation and patience in this. We are taking these incidents very seriously and we are dedicating all available resources to locate the persons responsible to ensure public safety," said CHP Monterey Commander Kyle Foster.

CHP Officials say there have been at least 41 incidents this year of projectiles hitting cars near the same location.

If your car is struck by a projectile, the CHP says you should:

  1. Get to a safe location and call 9-1-1
  2. Do not touch any of the evidence
  3. Take notes of the time the incident took place and gather as much information about people or cars in the area
  4. Make sure you get the exact location of where the attack took place

There is a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible for the projectiles. Anyone with information is asked to call 831-796-2160.