Driver 'nearly killed' as face sliced open by stone thrown from passing car

A truck driver says he was almost killed when a golf ball-sized stone was chucked through his window while he was doing 70mph. Grant Richmond was transporting yoghurts from Boulogne, France, to Avonmouth, when his face was sliced open and he was left with glass in his eye. The 31-year-old says he slowed to let an approaching silver Honda Civic type car overtake him as lanes merged on the A20 near Leybourne, Kent, at 1.30am on November 9.

As the car passed, its passenger window went down and a stone smashed through the glass, landing on the seat next to Grant as shards hit his face, MirrorOnline reports. The ex-army driver managed to safely bring his lorry to a stop and police arrived within minutes.

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He was scared he would lose his eye, but an ambulance rushed him to Maidstone Hospital and doctors removed the glass. The yobs appeared to have targeted multiple vehicles, as police confirmed another truck driver suffered a similar attack further down the road.

‘I thought it was a riot’

The A420 at Leybourne

Grant, from Glasgow, said: “I pretty much went into shock and stopped the truck as safely as possible and then made a 999 call.

By the time the police got there I was in a bit of shock. “It was scary because I sometimes take my dad with me. The stone landed in the passenger seat and if it had hit him it could have killed him or if it had hit me it would have killed me.

“It was on my birthday when it happened. It ruined my birthday. I’m going to try and avoid the A20 from now on, I know that for sure.

It is quite scary.

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“I don’t have a clue who it would be but whoever does things like that, they can’t be right. It’s going to come to a time when they end up killing somebody.”

Facial injuries

Grant said the shocking attack gave him a corneal abrasion in his right eye and cuts on his face but he is recovering. A Kent Police spokeswoman said: “At around 1.30am on Saturday, November 9, 2019, Kent Police received a report of criminal damage to a lorry travelling on the A228 in West Malling.

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“The driver of the vehicle reported his window had been smashed whilst he was travelling near Leybourne.

Officers attended the scene where he had suffered an eye injury during the incident. “He received medical treatment from the South East Coast Ambulance Service. Anyone with information is asked to contact Kent Police.

“There was also a report of a lorry damaged at around 1.30am on Saturday, November 9, 2019, which was parked near to the A20 in Addington, Maidstone.

The window of the lorry was smashed.

 “There were no reported injuries and no arrests have been made in relation to this report.”

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