A tow truck driver is nursing an injury to the back of his head after another tow truck driver swung a shovel at him. Bud DeBoer, 30, had arrived at a three car crash on the northbound lanes of the Mount Henry Bridge in Perth, Australia, at about 1.30pm on Saturday when an argument erupted.
The men were allegedly arguing about who had the right to tow which cars away when Mr DeBoer decided to walk away. “The next minute I got hit on the back of the head with a shovel,” he said. Mr Boer, who works for his family’s towing company, Lightning Towing, captured the dramatic moments on his on-board dash camera.
The footage shows the fellow driver swing the shovel from behind his shoulder towards the 30-year-old’s head. “You can see there’s no hesitation at all, it’s just whack,” he said. “I’m not claiming to be ‘Mr Innocent’, but I sure as heck never pushed him, never hit him, never spat at him or anything but as soon as I turned around and told him to go away, he’s spun around and belted me across the back of the head, full pelt with the shovel,”
Mr De Boer said. “If it had been a few inches to the left or right, who knows what could have happened, I may not have been here,” he said. Mr DeBoer has two lacerations about 3cm long in the back of his head. “You don’t expect to go out to a job and … for someone to hit you with a shovel from behind.” The other driver said Mr DeBoer had threatened him and his wife with violence. The incident has been reported to police.