Road rage nightmare for lorry driver

A LORRY driver is still suffering from shock today after a road rage attack on the A14 in which he was cut up by a bungalow-carrying low loader and forced to pull over.

A LORRY driver is still suffering from shock today after a road rage attack on the A14 in which he was cut up by a bungalow-carrying low loader and forced to pull over.

Dean Cronin had to stop his lorry at the A14 sliproad at Copdock when the 60ft low loader blocked his route.

The enraged driver then tried to force his way into Mr Cronin's cab by hitting the windows and doors with his hands.

Mr Cronin said: “I locked the door but he tried to break the window to get to me. I presume he just lost it.


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“On reflection I am counting my lucky stars that he didn't get in because I don't think I would be driving my lorry today if he had.”

The 35-year-old was driving a Christian Salveson lorry towards the Claydon roadworks on the Felixstowe-bound carriageway of the A14 when the incident erupted.

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Mr Cronin tried to overtake the low loader but the driver became irate so Mr Cronin pulled in behind him.

He added: “As we came out of the 40mph limit he started braking and slowing down so I indicated and went to go round him and he swerved across the road.

“I don't know if his intentions were to run me off the road or crash into me.”

The low loader repeatedly drove into the path of Mr Cronin's lorry before forcing it to stop at the Copdock Interchange.

There the driver used so much force to try and get into the vehicle he dented the cab and broke the windscreen wipers.

Mr Cronin, who lives in Thetford, gained his lorry licence in 1989 and said he has never experienced road rage on this level before.

He added: “I am not a little skinny man, I am a big butch lorry driver and I can take care of myself but I admit I was really shaken by what happened.”

The incident happened at about 8.30am on Wednesday when the road would have been busy and police are appealing for anyone with information about the driver or the vehicle to get in touch.

Mr Cronin described the driver as in his late 20s to early 30s, about 5ft 9in to 5ft 10in with ginger hair.

Anyone with information should call Pc Mel Savage at Suffolk Roads Policing unit on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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