CCTV shows shocking moment man attacks driver with a shovel in road rage incident
Published 30/11/2016 | 07:34
It should have been a simple swap of insurance details after a minor traffic shunt - but shocking CCTV footage shows a road rage truck driver gradually moving into full scale meltdown against two workmen in a lorry.
Initially the trucker - in high-vis green boiler suit - defiantly took mobile phone pictures of the pair at the roadside after their respective vehicles pulled over the hard shoulder of a motorway.
But when the workmen took their own pictures of the motorway maintenance flat-bed truck to get its number plate, the driver got abusive, angrily remonstrated with one of the men and attempted to grab his phone off him.
When the workmen - both in orange hi vis-jackets - retreated to their HGV, the flat bed trucker jumped back in his vehicle and deliberately reversed it at high speed into the lorry trashing its front end.
He then jumped out of his seat, stormed up to the cabin of the HGV and ripped off one of the wing mirrors as he tried to get access to continue the row.
On realising it was locked, he returned to his flat bed truck grabbed a shovel then stormed back to the HGV and smashed the driver's side window as the two workmen cowered in terror inside. He eventually drove away from the scene.
Greater Manchester Police said the two workmen escaped injury but were severely shaken by the attack which occurred at around midday on November 9 on the Westbound carriageway of the M62 in Eccles, near Salford.
Officers said the flat bed truck and the lorry had collided as they both accessed the M62 motorway from the anti-clockwise M60, and both had pulled onto the hard shoulder. The entire incident was captured on roadside CCTV cameras.
PC John Cavanagh said: "This attack was unbelievable, and has been clearly captured on CCTV. Luckily neither of the men were seriously injured however they have been left terrified by the incident.
"The driver and passenger in the lorry were just trying to get on with their day's work when they collided with the man in the pick-up truck, accidents happen and they were attempting to deal with the situation in an appropriate manner.
"No one could have anticipated the level of violence they would then fall victim to. I am appealing for anyone who may recognise the driver of the pick-up truck to get in touch as soon as possible. It was broad daylight and the man can be clearly seen, someone must know who he is."