A Melbourne truck driver is lucky to be alive after a group of teenagers hurled large rocks at his truck from an overpass.
Dash cam footage captured the moment Andrew Martin saw the teenagers targeted him along the busy Western Freeway in the Melbourne suburb of Melton, but there was little he could do to stop the rocks from hitting his car. Unable to stop or pull over, the two rocks landed on his vehicle, causing significant damage.
“It went bang and then I realised and couldn’t believe it,” he told 7 News Melbourne. “I had no time to react or nothing, just coped the full brunt of it.”
Two rocks hit Martin’s car during the incident, including one that weighed 12kg. Three teenagers were caught on camera during the attack.
Martin said he got sprayed with shrapnel, but managed to pull over safely to avoid an accident or further injury. He told 7 News that he got out of his vehicle and ran after the boys, but they were too quick and escaped.
Police believe the culprits are aged between 12 and 16 and are believed to have deliberately targeted the truck driver. On Tuesday’s episode of Sunrise, correspondent Nathan Templeton explained Martin was lucky to be alive.
“As Andrew the truckie points out, it’s not just him who’s lucky,” he said. “When you’re driving such a huge vehicle, 30 tonnes or so at 100km an hour down a freeway, if he loses control of that truck then everyone around him is in danger.”
Templeton said there could have been multiple fatalities, even though the teens involved probably intended their actions as a prank. Host Samantha Armytage wasn’t having it.
“Look, I know teenagers do stupid things, but this is just beyond from these boys,” she said.
If caught, the boys involved will face charges of reckless conduct endangering lives.
The story had a happy ending though, with Martin appearing on Sunrise and using his 15 minutes of fame to ask out his boss’ daughter live on air. Host David Koch said the show would organise a romantic night for the pair if she agreed.