Taxi driver ‘lucky to be alive’ af­ter rock hits car

Manukau Courier - - EDUCATION & TRAINING - STAFF RE­PORTERS

‘‘If it was a cou­ple of inches fur­ther it would have hit me in the head.’’

An Auck­land taxi driver con­sid­ers him­self ‘‘very lucky to be alive’’ af­ter a rock was thrown at his car from a mo­tor­way over­bridge on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Balkar Singh was driv­ing a pas­sen­ger from the city to the air­port at around 85kmh when he saw three chil­dren throw rocks from the Bader Dr over­bridge in Man­gere. He said the rock looked like a ‘‘bul­let’’ as it came hurtling to­ward the car, shat­ter­ing through the right cor­ner of the wind­screen and hit­ting him in the shoul­der and chest.

‘‘If it was a cou­ple of inches fur­ther it would have hit me in the head.’’

It’s the lat­est in a string of sim­i­lar in­ci­dents on the same bridge - and more widely in Auck­land - over the past fort­night. On Saturday af­ter­noon a ve­hi­cle was hit, and its wind­screen smashed, by a piece of con­crete thrown from the Bader Dr over­bridge. In­spec­tor Dave Simp­son said mul­ti­ple police cars were sent to look for the peo­ple in­volved on Thurs­day af­ter­noon but did not find them. Simp­son said police were tak­ing the mat­ter very se­ri­ously, and warn those in­volved that their ac­tions ‘‘will not be tol­er­ated’’. Police had also in­creased pa­trols around mo­tor­way over­bridges in the mean­time, he said.

If you notice any­one throw­ing or drop­ping items from over­bridges or from the road­side, con­tact police on 111.

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