Station hand’s truck safety video goes viral
A tongue-in-cheek video by a Pilbara-based station hand urging drivers to be more careful around trucks on country roads has gone viral around the world.
Truck driver Jess Edward has experienced overnight fame and calls to be the face of truck safety after posting a short “truck tour” video on her personal blog Facebook page, Jillaroo Jess, just over a week ago.
She said she had made what was her first video on a serious topic, despite the Aussie humour used, after an incident in which she almost hit a car when its driver tried to overtake her turning truck.
“I was turning left to go into another station, and trucks need to swing out quite wide to turn,” she said. “I went through the normal routine, giving them plenty of indication I was turning ... and in that last moment a car swung up on my left and tried to undertake me.”
“I would say I was only a foot or two from hitting them.”
A week later, Ms Edwards’ video had received more than 12,000 likes, 12,500 shares and hundreds of messages from people in Australia, America, Canada, Britain, Chile and France.
Some have also called for the video to become an ad for truck safety. Although Ms Edwards said her video would probably not suit, there was a general need for more education as dangerous driving was something truck drivers dealt with “every day”.
Ms Edwards that because of trucks’ overwhelming size, other drivers can “seem to think of truck drivers not as another person, (but as) another thing that’s in (their) way”.
A video by truck driver, station hand and blogger Jess Edwards, right, pictured with first-year station hand Ashleigh Wall, has gone viral online.