Truck driver com­pen­sated af­ter col­li­sion with 4WD

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Liam But­ter­worth Thurs­day, March 3, 2011

A TRUCK driver knocked un­con­scious in a head-on c o l l i s i o n n e a r C h a r t e r s Tow­ers has been awarded a $ 116,000 com­pen­sa­tion pay­out for the dam­age done to his ve­hi­cle.

Gre­gory Don Con­don’s prime mover – from Greg Con­don Trans­port car­ry­ing three trail­ers of cat­tle – and a four-wheel-drive tray-back, driven by David Wil­liam Gor­don, col­lided on a dirt road to Hyde Park Sta­tion in Septem­ber, 2008.

Both driv­ers were knocked un­con­scious and the crash caused $ 90,000 worth of dam­age to Mr Con­don’s prime mover while Mr Gor­don’s car was writ­ten off.

The pair made claims in the Char­ters Tow­ers District Court for com­pen­sa­tion for losses and to pay for the dam­ages. The court heard that on Septem­ber 15, 2008, the ve­hi­cles were head­ing in o p p o s i t e d i r e c t i o n s a p - proach­ing a right-an­gle bend on the road to Hyde Park sta­tion.

Mr Con­don said he was aware an­other car was ap­proach­ing near the cor­ner so he pulled over as far left as pos­si­ble and slowed al­most to a stop to al­low it to pass.

But be­fore he reached the cor­ner, Mr Gor­don’s car came around the bend and be­gan to slide and the ve­hi­cles crashed head-on.

Mr Gor­don told the court he had been at the sta­tion to look at a bull­dozer and was driv­ing about 65km/ h on the r o a d b e f o r e s l o w i n g t o 40km/ h to take the cor­ner.

He said when he rounded t he c o r ner , he s a w t he bull­bar of a truck com­ing the other way, slammed on the brakes and skid­ded on the loose gravel be­fore hit­ting the prime mover.

Judge John Baulch said it was likely that Mr Con­don’s ver­sion of events was cor­rect and found Mr Gor­don had driven with some neg­li­gence. He awarded Mr Con­don $ 98,318.76 with a fur­ther $ 18,493.76 in in­ter­est for losses and dis­missed Mr Gor­don’s claim for dam­ages.

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