Driver fears for his life
Vandals put Russell on edge again
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
Victorian Russell Garner in front of his Kenworth.