Nice attack: 'The truck was 60 seconds behind me' - Broadcaster tells how he narrowly avoided Bastille Day atrocity

Nice attack: 'The truck was 60 seconds behind me' - Broadcaster tells how he narrowly avoided Bastille Day atrocity

The truck used in the attack being examined by the French authorities

Friday, July 15, 2016

Broadcaster Dusty Rhodes has told talkRADIO how he narrowly avoided the start of the attack on the Promenade Des Anglais in Nice. 

At least 84 people are dead, ten of them children, after a truck driven by Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel ploughed through a crowd watching a fireworks show to celebrate Bastille Day, the French national holiday. It ended only when police fired into the vehicle, killing the terrorist. 

The attack has been connected to ISIS by the French media, and France has declared three days of mourning for the victims.

Rhodes, a journalist for Riviera Radio in Nice, was on the promenade shorly before the atrocity unfolded.

"I was down there with many people, " he told Hardeep Singh Kohli. "There were families, couples with their babies, teenagers on their scooters, all come to watch the fireworks. I wanted to get out and away from the crowds because I could sense the fireworks were ending, so I dipped out a minute early. 

"As I was making my way home, I could feel people running past me and the police were shouting, 'run, run, run!' I just thought something had happened with the fireworks, or something had landed on the promenade.

'I didn't think much of it until I got home and my mother phoned and I got texts asking whether I was okay. 

"That's when I turned on the television, saw the truck, and realised it was 60 seconds behind me."