A close call for truck driver, 4WD on free­way

Guest speaker will dis­cuss dis­abil­ity and fem­i­nism

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - By SA­MAN­THA DICK

A TRUCK driver will be fac­ing a charge of care­less driv­ing af­ter veer­ing off the Hume Free­way into the me­dian strip, forc­ing a 4WD driver to take eva­sive ac­tion near Wan­garatta yes­ter­day.

Lead­ing Se­nior Con­sta­ble Jo Miller of Wan­garatta po­lice said the in­ci­dent ocurred around 9.45am while both ve­hi­cles were trav­el­ling north on the free­way, near the Wan­garatta by­pass at 15 Mile Creek.

“The in­ter­state driver of the B-dou­ble trav­el­ling in the left lane has veered off to­wards the me­dian strip, forc­ing a 4WD driver from Bom­bala in NSW trav­el­ling in the right lane to also veer off into the me­dian strip to avoid a col­li­sion,” Ld Sen Const Miller said.

“No ve­hi­cle was dam­aged or per­son hurt, but they were both very lucky.

“An­other few me­tres and they were look­ing at end­ing up in the cul­vert, which could have pre­sented a very dif­fer­ent out­come.”

Ld Sen Const Miller said the truck driver is to be charge with care­less driv­ing.

WAN­GARATTA lo­cals are en­cour­aged to at­tend Women’s Health Goul­burn North East’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing this evening, fea­tur­ing ac­tivist Carly Findlay (pic­tured).

Orig­i­nally from Al­bury, Ms Findlay is an ex­pe­ri­enced pub­lic speaker and writer who has worked hard to chal­lenge pub­lic per­cep­tion sur­round­ing peo­ple who have an un­con­ven­tional ap­pear­ance.

She re­cently ap­peared on an episode of ABC’s ‘You Can’t Ask That’ tele­vi­sion se­ries, where she con­fronted ques­tions about liv­ing with ichthyosis, a ge­netic skin con­di­tion, which gives her skin a red ap­pear­ance.

“I iden­tify as a woman with a dis­abil­ity,” Ms Findlay told the Wan­garatta Chron­i­cle.

“My pre­sen­ta­tion will be about dis­abil­ity and fem­i­nism, and how dis­abil­ity is of­ten a for­got­ten el­e­ment of di­ver­sity.”

Cur­rently liv­ing in Mel­bourne, Ms Findlay has per­formed at a num­ber of pop­u­lar events, in­clud­ing the Mel­bourne Fringe Fes­ti­val and Emerg­ing Writ­ers Fes­ti­val.

“I’ve been to Wan­garatta many times, but I’ve never given a speech there so it’ll be my first time,” she said. “I’m look­ing for­ward to it.” The ac­tivist will share her unique per­spec­tive on fem­i­nism and in­ter­sec­tion­al­ity at the meet­ing, which will be held at the Gate­way Qual­ity Ho­tel this evening from 5pm to 6.30pm.

To reg­is­ter, visit www. eventbrite.com.au/e/ whgne-agm-2017chal­lenge-your-think­ingtick­ets-37681750129.

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