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Trucks attacked with rocks driving through Toowoomba

BE WARNED: A truck was damaged after it was reportedly hit by a rock thrown by a pedestrian in Toowoomba Sunday night.
BE WARNED: A truck was damaged after it was reportedly hit by a rock thrown by a pedestrian in Toowoomba Sunday night. Contributed

POLICE are warning anyone caught throwing rocks at vehicles will face harsh penalties after a disturbing trend across Toowoomba recently.

The passenger window of a prime mover was destroyed after a rock was reportedly thrown at it on James St in Toowoomba on Sunday night.

A photo of the damage was posted to social media and it wasn't long until other transport operators reported similar incidents from around the Darling Downs.

Toowoomba police said the Sunday night incident was not an isolated one and throwing rocks could cause harm and, in some cases, serious injury.

"It is extremely dangerous, especially if the rock strikes the glass and hits the driver," a police spokesman said.

He said a rock thrown at a speed of about 40kmh against a car travelling in a 60kmh could cause extensive damage and injury to the driver.

It would be far more serious on a highway in a 100kmh zone, he said.

"It is a criminal act and it can bring charges of causing damage or causing a dangerous act," the spokesman said.

"It could cause grievous bodily harm and the thrower would be charged as such."

Anyone with information is urged to contact Police Link on 131444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

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