A Grafton truckie receives treatment from Ambulance officers at Toormina following a vicious attack on Saturday which has left the man in fear of reprisals.
A Grafton truckie receives treatment from Ambulance officers at Toormina following a vicious attack on Saturday which has left the man in fear of reprisals. Frank Redward

Prank leaves truckie injured

A WATER bombing prank which turned ugly at Toormina on Saturday left a truck driver fearing he’d broken a leg.

According to police the truck driver was entering the Centro Shopping precinct about 12.45pm on Saturday to make a delivery to the Woolworths loading dock when his semi trailer was pelted by a flurry of water bombs.

Onlookers to the incident said the balloons filled with water were thrown from the adjacent skate park.

It’s believed when the 43-year-old driver got out of his rig to ascertain what had happened he approached a teenage boy who started acting aggressively and became violent.

Witnesses told police two other youths then entered the fray and the driver was forcefully hit about the legs with a metal scooter.

When the driver collapsed to the ground it is believed two of the youths continued assaulting him before fleeing in various directions and into the surrounding bushland.

Ambulance officers who were called to the scene treated the driver for a suspected leg fractures before taking him to the Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

It is believed neither of his legs were fractured.

Police meantime spoke to teenagers at the skate park as well as adults and children involved in a soccer match on the adjoining pitch.

They later located a discarded backpack and helmet but are yet to track down the driver’s alleged assailants.

One is described as being a Caucasian male in his mid to late teens and of a heavy build. He was wearing a green baseball cap and a dark top. The driver told police the sleeves were either printed or the teenager had tattoos on his forearms.

The other youth is described as being Caucasian and about 15 years of age.

Police will this week continue their investigations by speaking further to witnesses



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