31/01/2002

Man seriously injured in road rage assault

A man has been seriously injured and another man arrested in what has been described as a "road rage" incident in Londonderry.

The assault happened in the Waterside area of the city, when the two motorists entered into a dispute near the Craigavon Bridge.

Describing the attack, police inspector Bob Torrens said :"Two drivers, one in a lorry and one in a black Citroen Xantia, appear to have fallen out at this location over the manner of each other's driving. They dismounted from their respective vehicles and a fight broke out. This lasted for some minutes."

The dispute appeared to have been resolved when one of the men then assaulted the other with a broken beer bottle, stabbing the victim in the neck.

The injured man has been taken to Alnagelvin Hospital, where his situation was described as "serious".

Police have appealed for any witnesses to the incident to come forward. (CL)

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