CCTV footage shows moment driver punches lorry driver then rams van into his cab

Van driver carried out attack when asked for his insurance information following a collision on the M62 near Eccles

Caroline Mortimer
Wednesday 30 November 2016 00:48
CCTV: Terrifying road rage attack on motorway in Eccles

CCTV footage has emerged of a driver reversing his vehicle into a lorry and smashing the window in with a shovel.

Police are appealing for information about the incident, which took place earlier this month, when two men in a lorry were attacked by the man in the pick-up truck on the busy M62 near Eccles, Greater Manchester.

The footage shows the men arguing on the roadside after a collision as they both drove onto the M62 motorway from the M60 at around midday on 9 November.

Police said the row started when the lorry drivers asked for the van driver’s insurance details as the man reportedly got angry and started punching one of the truckers.

The two drivers then ran back to their cab but the van driver then got back into his vehicle and reversed violently into the lorry, smashing into the radiator and causing major damage.

He got out of the van once more to attempt to climb into the cab.

When he was unable to as the drivers had locked themselves inside, he smashed the window of the lorry cab with a shovel just inches from the driver’s face.

Constable John Cavanagh from Greater Manchester Police’s Roads Policing Unit 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.”

Anyone with any information should contact police on 0161 856 6108, 101 or anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111