Whether it’s down to lack of sleep, a comical attitude or a desire for distractions on a long journey, for some reason lorries and lorry drivers have been the focus of many of the craziest news stories over the last few years. Here is a countdown of the top 10!
# 10 Fast food attack on ‘go slow’ doctor (Czech Republic)
An Austrian doctor lodged a complaint after a lorry driver threw a cheeseburger at him for driving too slowly. But police told Hannes Kohl, from Vienna, that burger throwing was not an offence. He was hit on the head by the cheeseburger thrown by an overtaking lorry driver through his open car window. Dr Kohl, who was on his way to a medical congress in the Czech Republic, said: ‘I was going slowly but that was no excuse for this outrageous attack.’
# 9 Lorry driver's sausage mistake (Germany)
A German lorry driver set fire to his cab after deciding to cook himself some sausages while driving. Walter Reckling, 46, was cooking two sausages while travelling in Saxony, Germany, when the cooker toppled over. It set fire to the seat, which in turn set fire to the cab of the haulage vehicle. Reckling was treated for smoke inhalation at a local hospital, where he was also found to have been three times over the legal alcohol limit.
# 8 Smashing grand piano (UK)
A crew of delivery men were red-faced after dropping a £45,000 grand piano off a lorry whilst being filmed. Music lovers spent two years raising cash for the Bösendorfer. Proud organiser Penny Adie, 54, was ready with her camera as specialist removers arrived at an arts centre in Devon. But she watched in horror as it fell 14ft off the tail-lift. Penny said: ‘We are numb.’ Her husband John, 61, added: ‘We’ll have to start fund-raising again.’ The removal firm refused to comment.
# 7 Dodgy lorry accessories (US)
A controversial Virginia lawmaker is trying to introduce new legislation to ban rubber testicles from being fitted to the back of trucks. Truck drivers who sport fake testicles on the back of their haulage vehicles would risk a $250 fine under his proposal. Lionel Spruill, known for his failed attempt in 2005 to ban baggy pants, said he became concerned when he learned that the truck accessories had got larger as their popularity had increased amongst truck drivers. ‘How big are they going to go?’ he said. ‘When will it stop?’
# 6 End of the road for unfortunate camel (Sweden)
Police in Sweden believe a dead camel found on a motorway probably fell off the back of a lorry. Drivers called police after seeing the body on the motorway in southern Sweden and initially police presumed it was a moose that had been hit by a car. Officers were surprised to discover the animal was a camel and believe it must have fallen off the back of a lorry and died as it hit the ground. A police spokesman said: ‘We often come across moose bodies but a camel is a first.’
# 5 Unconventional truck driver (US)
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