Out­cry shocks truck driver

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

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

PHOTO: CASEY CHRISTIANSEN

FOOTAGE: Casey Christiansen filmed this video of this car’s be­hav­iour while a pas­sen­ger in a truck driv­ing along the Bruce High­way.

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