Driver fears for his life

Van­dals put Rus­sell on edge again

Big Rigs - - NEWS - Alf Wil­son

A BRAZEN rock throw­ing in­ci­dent in front of the po­lice sta­tion at Be­nan­darah in New South Wales left a vet­eran Vic­to­rian small fleet op­er­a­tor fear­ing for his life.

The cow­ardly at­tack oc­curred as Rus­sell Gar­ner was driv­ing his trusty Ken­worth 604 and trans­port­ing plas­tic tanks one evening last month.

“All hell broke loose and around 12 youths threw rocks at my Ken­worth and the wind­screen and three other smaller win­dows were hit and dam­aged.

“The cul­prits were aged about 13 or 14 and didn’t even run away. It was right in front of the po­lice sta­tion and they didn’t seem to care,” Rus­sell said.

Rus­sell said he couldn’t re­port the as­sault to po­lice be­cause the nearby sta­tion was shut.

Rus­sell, who has health is­sues, said it was a scary in­ci­dent and one he will be haunted by for many years as he trav­els the high­ways and by­ways.

The main wind­screen will cost Rus­sell $1000 to have re­paired and he won’t bother claim­ing it on in­sur­ance.

“My ex­cess is $1000 and I would have had an in­sur­ance pre­mium in­crease if I had claimed it. So it wasn’t worth it,” he said.

“I have a truck which is legally un­road­wor­thy un­til it is fixed. This has caused me emo­tional and fi­nan­cial prob­lems.”

For Rus­sell this was the third oc­ca­sion his trucks have been rocked with con­sid­er­able dam­age done.

“The first time was at Bourke in NSW and the sec­ond oc­ca­sion was in the main street of St Ge­orge in Queens­land and those were about three years ago,” he said.

In­ci­dences of trucks be­ing rocked are re­ported from time to time with the cul­prits mainly do­ing these crim­i­nal acts from bridges or over­passes.

❝ This has caused me emo­tional and fi­nan­cial prob­lems — Rus­sell Gar­ner, driver

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

Vic­to­rian Rus­sell Gar­ner in front of his Ken­worth.

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