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Idiots put Rocky truckie's life at risk by hurling bottle

Dave Farmer was injured when a passing vehicle's passenger threw a 1.25 litre drink bottle at his truck, smashing through the windscreen, on a 100km stretch of the Bruce Hwy.
Dave Farmer was injured when a passing vehicle's passenger threw a 1.25 litre drink bottle at his truck, smashing through the windscreen, on a 100km stretch of the Bruce Hwy. Contributed ROK051012afarmer1

SITTING on the side of the road covered in blood wasn't exactly the way Dave Farmer expected to finish his week.

The Followmont truck driver was travelling along the Bruce Hwy on Sunday when a plastic 1.25 litre bottle of liquid smashed through the windscreen and hit him in the face.

"I'd just gone through Yaamba and hit the 100 km zone," Dave said yesterday.

"I was heading down the straight, next thing something was smashing me in the face."

Police said the bottle was thrown from the driver's side of a four-wheel-drive, which was overtaking Dave's b-double truck.

Dave, who lives in Rockhampton, said his first thought was to pull up.

"It locked up a little bit but I kept it on the bitumen," he said.

"My main objective was to not cause injury to myself or anyone else on the road."

After stopping, Dave jumped out and checked his face.

"Glass went everywhere," he said.

"It was lucky I was wearing a brand new pair of sunglasses. Without them it would have been a lot worse."

Lucky to walk away with only a few minor cuts, Dave said a number of cars pulled up to see if he was alright, before police and ambulance crews arrived.

He said he hoped the offenders were caught.

"They put my life at risk and the lives of other road users," he said.

"That's unacceptable. You've got to trust everyone on the road and when you can't do that something's wrong."

Rockhampton police Acting Inspector Mel Adams said the incident was particularly dangerous as it was on an open highway with high speeds.

"It's a gross act of stupidity that could have killed someone," she said.

"This would have been a horrifying experience for the (truck) driver to go through and there was absolutely nothing to warrant it."

Police are appealing to the public to locate an early model white Toyota Landcruiser wagon that had green P plates and was in the area at the time.

Insp Adams asked anyone with information to call the Rockhampton station on 4932 3500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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