McKEES ROCKS (KDKA) — A truck driver crossing the McKees Rocks Bridge had his window smashed in Wednesday by an object thrown from a passing school bus.
It happened this week, but it has also happened before.
“I made a left hand turn on to the McKees Rocks Bridge, heading back to our yard. And as I got to the second set of arches, something hit my windshield,” said Victor Carelle, a truck driver.
On Sept. 12, 2012, Carelle, a truck driver for Castriota Metals, was behind the wheel of a fully-loaded roll off truck just as a school bus past. The object hit at eye level.
“I was bleeding from my face. I had corneal abrasions in both eyes. I had glass in my eyes. I couldn’t blink, I was afraid of cutting my eyes,” said Carelle.
Despite a face and eyes full of glass shards, Carelle kept his cool and kept control.
“My main concern was controlling the roll off truck that I drive,” said Carelle. “Everybody asked me if I got the bus number or got a name of the bus. That was the last thing on my mind.”
He made it back to the company yard in McKees Rocks.
“Someone else could have been hurt. He was hurt seriously,” said Randy Castriota, of Castriota Metals. “He could have lost control of the truck and ran into an innocent person, so it was absolutely terrible.”
Castriota says his company is working with local law enforcement officials to catch those responsible for hurting one of his people.
“We lost him for a couple of days,” said Castriota. “Thank God he’s back and healthy. He’s one of our best drivers.”
Carelle is back behind the wheel doing his job. His formerly injured eyes are looking out for the next threat. He also hoping those responsible for his incident and the near identical one this week face justice.
“This is well beyond having fun. This is just flat out stupid,” he says. “This is two times now. These guys have got to be caught before someone is seriously injured or killed.”
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