Lorry driver attacks HGV with crowbar at 50mph

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Crowbar road rage lorry attack
Essex Police

Lorry drivers spend most of their lives in their trucks, so you'd imagine that their cabins are much like their homes.

What you wouldn't expect, however, is for there to be a crowbar by the door. However, one disgruntled trucker must have had one within reach while driving, as he started attacking a fellow lorry driver's vehicle, while careering down a motorway at 50mph.

In an incident that continued for 20 miles on a busy Essex road – lasting half an hour – significant damage was caused to a Mercedes HGV, by a white and blue Volvo pulling a blue trailer, Essex Police reports.

The dispute began shortly before midday on Monday, when the two vehicles were travelling on the southbound M11 between junctions 7 and 6 around Harlow. The driver of the Volvo lorry forced the Mercedes – carrying a red trailer – onto the hard shoulder and grass, provoking a further clash between the drivers. This continued along the M25 clockwise and A127 towards Basildon.

The Volvo then rammed the white Mercedes into the central reservation, when the driver "leaned out of his window and attacked the other lorry" with the crowbar, said police.

"Considerable damage was caused and this all happened while the vehicles were driving on a busy dual carriageway at 50mph," a spokeswoman for the force told the Herts and Essex Observer.

Police believe other HGV drivers were present and would like to hear from them as witnesses. Anyone who may have any information is asked to contact PC Mike Bignell at the Chigwell roads policing unit on 101.

Author: Dan Godfrey