A passenger in an Echuca taxi was lucky not to be injured when someone threw something and smashed the passenger window on Echuca-Moama bridge on Sunday.By Monique Preston
A taxi passenger was left shaken after glass from a broken taxi window shattered all over her early Sunday.
Echuca taxi driver John Glover said he was driving across the Echuca-Moama bridge at 1.45am Sunday when something was thrown at his car, shattering the back left window next to his passenger.
‘‘I was driving across the bridge and just before the fence ends on the Moama side there was an explosion,’’ he said.
Mr Glover believed someone was hiding behind the fence on the bridge near the Kerrabee Sound Shell when they threw something at his car.
‘‘I don’t know what they threw,’’ he said.
‘‘It could have been a rock or it could have been something else. I didn’t see it.’’
Mr Glover said he had not seen anyone as he drove towards the area.
He also said a police search after he reported the incident also failed to find the perpetrator/s or what was thrown at the taxi.
‘‘It shakes you up,’’ he said.
‘‘I was more concerned for the girl on the back seat.
‘‘When windows go, they go with a hell of a noise.’’
Mr Glover said while the incident had visibly shaken his passenger, she was not physically hurt.
‘‘She wasn’t cut, she wasn’t injured, but she could have been,’’ he said.
Mr Glover said problems on the bridge at night were becoming an increasing problem in recent times.
It is not the first taxi window which has been smashed in the area.
Another was broken recently while a taxi was being driven across the bridge.
In September last year, an extension cord strung across the bridge damaged another taxi.
‘‘You always get yahoos along the bridge at night,’’ Mr Glover said.
‘‘I’ve been driving cabs up here (Echuca) for eight years and I think these things are getting more frequent.
‘‘It just seems to be the place where things are happening — on that bridge.’’
Mr Glover said something needed to be done to stop the dangerous behaviour, but acknowledged police could not be everywhere at once.
However, he hoped reporting the incidents to police might help stop them.
‘‘I think if awareness is out that we are reporting these things, it might stop them,’’ Mr Glover said.
Anyone with information about any of the incidents can contact Moama police on 5482
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