Outcry shocks truck driver
A TRUCK driver whose passenger live-streamed a car swerving erratically across a busy highway has hit back at social media users accusing him of not taking action soon enough.
Bart, who asked to be identified only by his first name, said he asked passenger Casey Christiansen to film the driver of the red Holden Commodore driving in front of him in case he did “something stupid”.
“He pulled out in front of me, he was driving fine for a good 30km towards Maryborough but all of a sudden he started swerving,” he said.
“So I backed off, thought I’d give him some more space.”
Bart noticed the driver’s behaviour changing and, soon enough, the Commodore driver swerved into the side of a truck and crashed head on with the car behind.
“I was the first bloke on the scene, I jumped out to help everyone. There was no serious injuries, just cuts and bruises,” he said.
Police were called and arrived soon. Bart said the man tried to blame him, saying he was “up my backside” but, when Bart told him he had footage, the man backed off and blamed his behaviour on fatigue.
Bart was cleared of wrongdoing by police and was shocked at the negative comments on social media.
“It’s very shocking the way people are carrying on. What did I do wrong? I wasn’t tired and swerving all over the road,” he said.
“I’m really upset people have negative thoughts about truck drivers. That Bruce Highway is a nightmare for people who don’t know how to drive. Clearly he was tired and putting other people’s lives at risk.
“I’m not happy about it but I’m not worried because I know I wasn’t in the wrong.”
The footage was handed to Queensland Police Service on the day of the incident.
❝That Bruce Highway is a nightmare for people who don’t know how to drive.
— Truck driver Bart
FOOTAGE: Casey Christiansen filmed this video of this car’s behaviour while a passenger in a truck driving along the Bruce Highway.