Happy memory of ‘Marto’
Three Kenworths from the Dawson’s Haulage fleet were polished and sparkling at the Oaklands Truck Show on March 20. Their drivers (pictured above from left) Justin Twyford, Shane Mitchell and Wayne ‘Marto’ Martin, were happy to pose for a photograph in front of the trucks.
And they were proud to accept the trophy for Best Small Fleet at the end of the day.
There was no hint of the tragedy which lay ahead. In the early hours of the following Thursday, March 24, Wayne died in a two-truck collision near Deniliquin.
News of the accident prompted an outpouring of grief for the 27-year-old truck driver from Barnawartha North. More than 110 trucks travelled in convoy to the Chiltern Cemetery for Wayne’s funeral on April 9.
“For a 27-year-old bloke to have that impact on the transport industry, and the support that we got there on Saturday [at the funeral] was remarkable,” says Justin, who had met Wayne only four months earlier when Wayne began working for Dawson’s Haulage.
Shocked by Wayne’s sudden death, Justin cherishes his memory of the Oaklands Truck Show.
“Without Wayne we wouldn’t have won fleet of the show,” Justin says, remembering Wayne’s enthusiasm, sense of humour and attention to detail when the three men cleaned the trucks before the show.
“He was just one of those blokes that the industry needs, and we no longer have. There’s not enough of that type of bloke left in the industry.”
Above: Justin Twyford, Shane Mitchell and Wayne ‘Marto’ Martin pose for a photograph with the Dawson’s Haulage trucks which won Best Fleet