NEAR MISS: Truckie Johnny nearly ran over this woman passed out on Eastern Dr at Gatton after Melbourne Cup. Photo: Contributed
NEAR MISS: Truckie Johnny nearly ran over this woman passed out on Eastern Dr at Gatton after Melbourne Cup. Photo: Contributed

Cab cams can give the drivers side of story

IN WHAT could be described as a truckie's worst nightmare, a driver named Johnny nearly ran over a woman passed out on the side of the road after Melbourne Cup.

Johnny, who would not give his last name, said he was driving to pick up some trailers at night on Eastern Dr at Gatton on November 6.

"I didn't quite grasp what was going on. A ute was reversing (further up the road) and I was more watching what he was doing. There was a car coming the other way.

"At first I had thought something had fallen off the back of a ute," he said.

Then, out of nowhere, his headlights caught the reflection of a person on the road, on Johnny's passenger side.

"I've never experienced anything like that before. It's the feeling you get in your gut. Like when you see a car creep over to your side of the road, your gut ends up in your throat.

"I didn't know, until a split second when the headlights hit her, it was a person."

When he noticed it was a person he "couldn't pull the steering wheel over quick enough".

Johnny pulled up to check on the woman and he noticed other vehicles had also pulled over, after nearly hitting her.

"No one had called the police. So I rang them."

The police told Johnny he could keep going and later when he checked they told him she was a 68-year-old female who had passed out on the road drunk and had been narrowly missed by oncoming traffic.

Johnny said it was lucky she wasn't hit by a truck, as many used Eastern Dr, the main road out of Gatton that links with the Warrego Hwy.

"It could have worked out a lot different. The headline would have been: Truck runs over and kills drunk girl."

For that reason Johnny has a video camera mounted to his dash and was able to record the near-miss. It's something of a lifeline for truckies who often bear the brunt of blame for traffic incidents.

It's not the only near-miss he has experienced.

Johnny said he usually runs between Brisbane and Adelaide each week and had gotten used to dodging live animals like kangaroos.

Once on the Northern Expressway in Adelaide he had a car driving straight for him, even though the road is a four-lane divided highway.

The car was coming at him full speed. Luckily there was more than one lane.

"It will pay for itself one day," Johnny said about the camera.

He said all trucks should have cameras to record what other drivers did to endanger their lives.

"I usually take home seven or eight events a week. I don't know what's going on in their minds."

See the video footage of the near-miss on bigrigs.com.au.

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