Suspect arrested after thrown railroad spikes damage cars in Philadelphia

Police have arrested an 18-year-old suspect in connection with railroad spikes and other items thrown off a Philadelphia railroad overpass onto passing vehicles.

Police said at least four vehicles were damaged Friday night as they passed under the overpass near the University of Pennsylvania while heading toward the Interstate 76 onramp.

Authorities said one man said that after his windshield was broken, he parked and left his vehicle and saw the defendant on the train tracks. The suspect was stopped by university police.

Another man was treated at the scene for a minor injury after his windshield was broken. Police recovered three metal railroad spikes, two metal railroad clamps and a rock.

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