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Here we go again. What re­spon­si­bil­ity do the po­lice and me­dia have for truck driv­ers’ well­be­ing? Ab­so­lutely none it seems.

The news on Chan­nel 9 on Fri­day night Fe­bru­ary 10 re­ported on a truck ac­ci­dent on the Pa­cific High­way near Kempsey. In their in­ter­view, the po­lice said how a young of­fender was chased for some time be­fore plough­ing his car un­der a semi.

The cop­per said how he felt sym­pa­thy for the po­lice, the paramedics, the res­cue work­ers and the fam­ily and friends of the de­ceased young man. But who was first on the scene? Who not only wit­nessed the ac­ci­dent but felt it, and who has to live the rest of his life know­ing some­one died un­der his wheels?

No sym­pa­thy at all for the truck driver … or for his fam­ily! No con­sid­er­a­tion for the shock and trauma he would have felt or the on­go­ing im­pact this will have on his men­tal health and on his fam­ily and friends.

As for Chan­nel 9, the only in­ter­est they showed in him at all was em­pha­sis­ing their cru­sade on truck driv­ers, say­ing that he would be drug and al­co­hol tested. Er­rol Leahy, Queens­land

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