Happy mem­ory of ‘Marto’

Deals on Wheels - - Truck Show -

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

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