Tuesday 17 January 2017

Narrow escape for truck driver blinded by paint thrown at his truck

Geraldine Gittens

Published 20/04/2016 | 10:59

The blue paint fell over the driver's side of the windscreen. Photo: Freight Transport Association Ireland
The blue paint fell over the driver's side of the windscreen. Photo: Freight Transport Association Ireland

A truck driver had a narrow escape when two young people threw a can of paint at his truck from a height last week.

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The driver was left badly shaken when the can of blue paint came hurtling at his truck from a pedestrian overpass overhead.

The paint spilt all over the driver’s side of the windscreen, completely obstructing his view, when he was travelling on the N25 Cork to Midleton road last Wednesday night.

The driver was uninjured but Neil McDonnell, general manager of Freight Transport Association Ireland, said the incident could have been much worse.

“The driver of the truck was going underneath an overpass at Midleton and a couple of young lads threw a can of paint at the truck.”

“Luckily it hit the metalwork of the front of the truck. The paint completely obscured the driver’s side of the screen, but he managed to pull over without incident.”

“The driver was particularly shaken. His company was pleased that he was able to pull over without injury to himself or to anyone else.”

The FTAI said it is keen to raise awareness of the dangers

“The truck driver didn’t get a good description of them, it happened in darkness, he was barely able to account for the two of them.”

“It’s so serious and we just want to get the message across of what this could cause something much more serious.”

“We do get kids throwing stones but this is the first report I’ve heard of a can of paint. Obviously, a can of paint can be anything up to a five-litre tin. You can imagine a full tin of paint might go straight through the window.”

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