Sta­tion hand’s truck safety video goes vi­ral

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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”.

Pic­ture: Jess Ed­wards

A video by truck driver, sta­tion hand and blog­ger Jess Ed­wards, right, pic­tured with first-year sta­tion hand Ash­leigh Wall, has gone vi­ral on­line.

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