Bouncing truck tyre "could have easily killed someone"

A ROGUE tyre has carved a black trail of destruction across the outside of a Clunes property, bouncing over two fences and smashing windows after presumably falling off the back of a moving truck on Bangalow Rd.

Clunes resident Andrea Watson originally thought someone had robbed her house when she arrived home on Monday afternoon to see broken glass on the ground.

"I arrived home and thought someone had tried to break in, all I noticed was my window was smashed and the bottom seal had totally broken off," Ms Watson explained.

"I went over and had a look at it and I still couldn't work it out.

"I saw all these black marks all over the house, and then I noticed the truck tyre about 4m away in the yard."

What she suspected was a "robber" was in fact a 100kg truck tyre which had initially struck just below the guttering of the property, about 2m in the air.

That meant it had been bouncing at such a height to have cleared two fences before the home halted its frenzy.

"It had really gone quite a long way," Ms Watson said. "Over a barbed wire fence, through the paddock, over my fence and partly pushed it over near the top. There's a couple of star pickets which are bent, just through it hitting the fence."

"There's some pretty intense rubber marks there."

"It's obviously hit pretty hard."

COP THAT: Damage sustained to a window just one of several places the tyre impacted the Clunes house. Note the window frame has been forced inwards, giving an indication of the force of the hit. Photo: Contributed
COP THAT: Damage sustained to a window just one of several places the tyre impacted the Clunes house. Note the window frame has been forced inwards, giving an indication of the force of the hit. Photo: Contributed

Ms Watson, who has an eight-year-old son, said she was worried in retrospect for his safety if it had happened when they were home.

"It wasn't till later on after it had all sunk in I realised that could have easily killed someone," she said.

"The force that it had definitely could have done damage.

"If anyone got hit by that they would be lucky to be alive.

"The impact of the tyre and its weight, an alloy rim, was pretty heavy."

Owner of the property Tonia Koppmann estimated about $10,000 worth of damage had been done to the home.

"It's worse than what we thought, it looks like one of the walls has been pushed in," she said.

"There's two windows broken, and the electricity box has to be moved so they can repair the wall. We have to repair guttering, downpipes."

More information to come. 



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