Hero truckie helps save day

Delivery driver thanked truckie for heroic ac­tions

Big Rigs - - NEWS - Kate Dodd kate.dodd@bi­grigs.com.au

CRAIG An­thony doesn’t think he’s a hero.

That’s even after he rushed straight into dan­ger to save a fel­low driver whose van was on fire on the Bruce High­way just be­fore Christ­mas.

He wasn’t scared, he said he just knew he needed to help.

“I’m no hero, I’m just an av­er­age Joe try­ing to help,” he said.

“I was taught to help some­one wher­ever you can be­cause you never know when you need help your­self.

“I can thank my mum and dad for that.”

Craig, who works for spe­cial­ist fork­lift trans­port com­pany Howie Trans­port and was car­ry­ing a 12 tonne fork­lift in a sin­gle trailer Western Star to Mackay in­stead of his usual Bris­bane to Syd­ney run on De­cem­ber 21, heard on the UHF there was a van on fire when he ap­proached the Yan­d­ina exit on the Bruce High­way.

“I had a cou­ple of fire ex­tin­guish­ers on hand so I was talk­ing to other trucks to see if any­one had pulled up,” he told Big Rigs.

It wasn’t long be­fore he came upon the van in ques­tion, which was car­ry­ing choco­late and lol­lies.

He didn’t hes­i­tate and went straight to the van with a cou­ple of fire ex­tin­guish­ers, after ask­ing the driver if he was car­ry­ing any­thing flammable or that would ex­plode.

As he couldn’t lift the bon­net up, Craig said he got un­der­neath the front of the van with his fire ex­tin­guisher, try­ing to put out the fire.

“I said ‘we’ve got no chance of this’ so I went back to the truck and put it across the road to stop all traf­fic in case it ig­nited and

❝I’m just glad he’s OK, you can re­place a ve­hi­cle but you can’t re­place a life. — Craig An­thony

ex­ploded,” he said.

Emer­gency ser­vices ar­rived not long after and ex­tin­guished the fire.

Craig went on his way, telling am­bu­lance staff he was “good as gold” but a few hours later ar­rived in Gympie and spent seven hours in hos­pi­tal, treated for smoke in­hala­tion.

When he was fit to drive again, he fin­ished his run and made it to Mackay.

“I’m just glad he (the driver) could tell the story and have Christ­mas with his fam­ily, which is good,” Craig said.

The delivery driver, Jean-Pierre Le­bret told the Sun­shine Coast Daily of his ex­pe­ri­ence and thanked Craig for his quick ac­tions that day.

Craig said both Jean-Pierre and his daugh­ter con­tacted him to ex­press their grat­i­tude.

“I’m just glad he’s OK, you can re­place a ve­hi­cle but you can’t re­place a life.”

PHOTO: SAMMI MCCABE

HERO TRUCKIE: Truck driver Craig An­thony stopped on the Bruce High­way to help a driver whose delivery van was on fire.

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