Sleeping truck driver is dragged out of his vehicle and shot twice in the leg before being robbed

Sleeping truck driver is dragged out of his vehicle and shot twice in the leg before being robbed by a group of highway bandits

  • A sleeping truck driver was shot and robbed at Mount Lambie, NSW, on Tuesday 
  • Emergency services were called and a WA man, 42, was treated for leg injuries  
  • Police say ‘he is lucky to be alive’ and are searching for the group of attackers
  • Anyone on the Great Western Highway from 8pm Monday urged to call police

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A police hunt is underway for a group of highway bandits after a sleeping truck driver was dragged from his vehicle and shot twice in the leg then robbed. 

Emergency services were called to the Great Western Highway at Mount Lambie, 160km northwest of Sydney, about 5am on Tuesday following reports a truck driver had been shot.

The 42-year-old man, from Western Australia, was treated at the scene for injuries to his right upper thigh and right foot. 

He was rushed to Lithgow hospital then airlifted to Westmead hospital, where he underwent surgery.

He remains in a stable condition.  

A 42-year-old truck driver was pulled from his vehicle (pictured) assaulted, robbed, and shot twice, in Mount Lambie during the early hours of Tuesday morning

Sleeping truck driver is dragged out of his vehicle and shot twice in the leg before being robbed

Police are appealing for anyone that may have been travelling along the Great Western Highway (pictured) between 8pm on Monday and 5am on Tuesday to come forward

‘The injuries this man sustained from the assault and the shooting were significant and given the location he was left in, he is lucky to be alive,’ Superintendent Robert Critchlow said.

The man told police he was sleeping in his vehicle when a group of men broke into the cabin, assaulted him, dragged him outside then shot him twice.   

The attackers then stole personal items from the truck, before fleeing the area in other vehicles.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Criminal Groups Squad are investigating the assault under Strike Force Hathern. 

The vehicle and a number of items have been seized to undergo forensic examination.  

Police are appealing for anyone that may have been travelling along the Great Western Highway between 8pm on Monday and 5am on Tuesday to come forward. 

Detective Superintendent Robert Critchlow said they are specifically seeking dashcam footage from any vehicles that were in the area at the time.   

Investigations continue.  

Sleeping truck driver is dragged out of his vehicle and shot twice in the leg before being robbed

Detectives have seized a number of items, including the truck, to undergo forensic examination

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