Taxi driver left shaken as brick is thrown at car in Grimsby
A QUICK-THINKING female taxi driver averted a potential disaster after a brick was hurled at her car.
Anna Morgan, 30, was "shaken up" and "shocked" as she was forced to swerve onto the opposite side of Boulevard Avenue, in Grimsby, to miss the flying object.
The Revells taxi driver, who was working a late shift over the weekend, heard an "almighty bang" when the car's tyre burst after being struck by the falling brick.
Today, Humberside Police's casualty reduction officer Barry Gardner said that the "prank could have resulted in someone losing their life."
He said: "The act of throwing the object is complete idiocy and there could have been several repercussions from it.
"The consequences could have been severe, and if the brick injured the driver, she could have lost control and crashed.
"Cyclists, pedestrians or even passengers could have been injured as a result of this ridiculous action of offenders. They should stop and think of what their actions could lead to."
Anna, of David Street, in Grimsby, has been a taxi driver for nearly three years.
"All I was thinking afterwards was 'what if'," she said.
"What if it had landed on my windscreen? What if I had a passenger in my car? And what if I collided into another car on the wrong side of the road?
"I'm lucky that I managed to avoid the potentially disastrous incident."
It occurred just beyond the bridge in Boulevard Avenue at 11.40pm on Saturday.
The brick is believed to be a blue engineering brick and to have come from nearby Boulevard Walk gardens.
Anna continued: "It took a minute to register what had just happened and I managed to slowly drive my car to Macaulay Street in a parking bay to replace my tyre.
"I informed fellow taxi drivers and they luckily came to comfort me and I managed to change the tyre in 20 minutes.
"Not only will the car, which I rent from the company, need a new tyre but I think it will also need its tracking fixed.
"I'm going to keep taxi driving and I'm not going to let this put me off. The reason why I love this job so much is because you have a bit of freedom, and the majority of customers are nice."
Anna thanked the six taxi drivers who came to her aid. Some stopped when they saw her at the scene, and others helped her while changing the tyre.
The incident follows a similar one in May, when four youths threw a tyre from Pasture Street bridge near a tanker. A 16-year-old was given a warning.
Humberside Police are currently carrying out inquiries into the incident, and officers are appealing for anyone to come forward who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the Boulevard Avenue area at the time.
Information to police on 101, quoting log number six of September 30.