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'It is a miracle no-one was killed' says M4 lorry driver whose cab was hit by concrete block

14:55 Feb 1 2016 Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom


'It is a miracle no-one was killed' says M4 lorry driver whose cab was hit by concrete block 'It is a miracle no-one was killed' says M4 lorry driver whose cab was hit by concrete block
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A lorry driver has spoken of the terrifying moment a concrete block hurled from a bridge on the M4 hit the cab of his truck.

Tim Woolley says it was a miracle no-one was hurt or badly injured and has now offered a reward of £1,000 for the conviction of the culprits.

He was on the motorway travelling under a footbridge near Sarn Services, Bridgend, at about 7.55pm on Wednesday when he heard a “big bang”.

The 58-year-old, from Cardigan , initially thought a tyre on the truck had blown. But when he pulled onto the hard shoulder he noticed several other cars pulling over and realised what had happened.

“I pulled over to the side and saw something fall off the top,” he said. “Then another car hit something and pulled over too. We got a torch and could see a big bit of concrete on the road that had left a big dent on the roof.

“I was overtaking at the time, but if I hadn’t been the concrete would probably have hit the driver’s side. It was a big, solid block and could easily have killed someone, especially as it was thrown from about 40ft up.”

Police are hunting for the culprit or culprits who threw the slab of concrete onto the busy carriageway from the footbridge which links the A4063 Sarn By-pass and Penycae Lane over the M4.

After hitting Tim’s lorry, the concrete block then fell onto the surface of the carriageway. Four more vehicles were damaged after hitting the debris.

“It is a miracle no-one was injured,” he added. “I keep thinking about all the awful things that could have happened like if it had hit a bus with lots of people on board, or if it had hit me in the cab and my 40 tonne lorry had careered out of control.

“I just can’t believe that someone went up there with the intent of causing serious damage or even worse, that is why I am putting up a reward for the conviction of the culprit or culprits. It was really dark so I didn’t see anyone up on the bridge. I didn’t know anything until I heard the loud bang.”

Inspector Rowan Moore, from South Wales Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “The actions of the person or persons responsible are extremely dangerous and the consequences could have resulted in the death of a motorist.

“It is very fortunate that this was not the result on this occasion. South Wales Police is conducting local enquiries to trace the identity of those responsible.”

A spokesman for South Wales Police estimated the damage caused to the vehicles involved could amount to thousands of pounds.

South Wales Police are appealing for any witnesses who saw the incident or who know the identity of the culprit/s to please ring 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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