The truck's bulletproof glass proved to be life-saving.
For most of us, a bad day at the office looks something like a dreary meeting with no end in sight, an important presentation that goes awry, or maybe exchanging a few heated words with the boss. However, none of these scenarios can match the terror that unfolded when a cash-in-transit (CIT) van found itself under attack from armed robbers on what would otherwise have been a routine Thursday morning.
The incident took place in Pretoria, South Africa, and was captured via dashcam footage in a video that has since gone viral. While on the highway, the driver of the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series demonstrated nerves of steel during the attack in a country battling with high crime statistics. Of course, the driver and his occupants also relied on the protection afforded by the reinforced Land Cruiser.
After a calm enough start to the clip, the driver named Leo Prinsloo had to draw on all of his experience as a former member of the SAPS (South African Police Service) Special Task Force to stave off the attack. His passenger, a security guard, appeared terrified by the drama but couldn't do much more than watch the scene play out.
Prinsloo is seen checking his mirrors repeatedly before bullets hit the armored glass on his side of the truck. Numerous rounds were unloaded as Prinsloo worked hard to evade the robbers, ramming into the chasing vehicle and going as fast as the Land Cruiser would allow. "They're coming after us. They're going to shoot," were the chilling words heard from Prinsloo as he directed his passenger to call for help in a scene that seemed straight out of an action movie.
Initially persistent, the robbers in the other vehicle must have eventually realized they weren't going to have an easy time with Prinsloo and they eventually fled empty-handed. Although the incident could have had a far more unfortunate ending, social media users were quick to praise Prinsloo for his valiant efforts in keeping the criminals at bay.
Pictures taken of the Land Cruiser afterward show the tough-as-nails truck to be in surprisingly good shape besides a damaged front bumper and the shattered bulletproof windows on both sides that mercifully performed exactly the job they were designed for. Suddenly, that bad day at work doesn't seem all that unbearable, does it?