In­jured truck driver re­calls leg be­ing pinned

Albany Extra - - News - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

An Al­bany man is lucky to be alive after he was thrown out and pinned un­der­neath a truck in a crash in Mt Barker last week.

The 25 year-old driver, Doug Howard, was flown to Royal Perth Hospi­tal last week with se­ri­ous leg in­juries.

Mt Barker po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the crash, which left Mr Howard pinned un­der­neath the cab of an Isuzu truck which left the road on Muir High­way be­tween Rocky Gully and Pallinup.

Mr Howard said he re­mem­bered his back left tyre clip­ping the edge of the road just be­fore los­ing con­trol of the ve­hi­cle.

“I re­mem­ber my back left-hand tyre clicked into the dirt and it started to slide so I have tried to cor­rect it and bring it back, but I’ve ended up side­ways on the dirt and I’ve bounced to the other side of the road,” he said.

“The weather was wet, the roads were slip­pery and the Muir High­way roads are skinny, I have driven on these roads ev­ery day for work the last five months — this was just one of those freak ac­ci­dents.”

“Once you get these sort of trucks — which have quite a lot of weight to them — side­ways, it’s very hard and rare to pull them back. I’m feel­ing very lucky to be alive.”

Mr Howard told the Al­bany Ad­ver­tiser he re­mem­bered the feel­ing of be­ing pinned un­der­neath the truck.

“The weight of the cab was pin­ning me down, it was crush­ing me. I could feel it on me but couldn’t move,” he said.

“My left leg was through the driver’s door and wrapped around the steer­ing wheel and my right leg was on the out­side of the door un­der­neath the truck, it was def­i­nitely scary,” he said.

“I couldn’t feel my legs or toes and I just re­mem­ber think­ing to my­self this is it. I’m a goner. I def­i­nitely feel lucky to be alive.”

Mr Howard said the or­deal was ter­ri­fy­ing and gut-wrench­ing.

Mr Howard was pinned un­der­neath the truck for three hours while emer­gency ser­vices worked to cut him free.

“My right leg is quite shat­tered — the tibia and fibula are com­pletely shat­tered and I’ve had a me­tal rod put in from my kneecap to my an­kle.”

Mean­while, a 91-year-old woman also es­caped se­ri­ous in­jury after her car crashed into the back of a unit at St Joseph’s Lodge.

The woman drove through her garage and wedged her car in a gap be­tween the unit and a gar­den wall. Emer­gency ser­vices at­tended the scene and re­moved the ve­hi­cle.

The driver sus­tained se­ri­ous leg in­juries.

Pic­ture: Mt Barker Po­lice

The crash left the driver pinned un­der­neath the cab.

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