Gold Coast tow truck driver trauma after high speed crash
A GOLD Coast tow truck driver is pleading for more targeted mental health services as he feels there was "nowhere to turn".
The driver, aged in his mid-30s, spoke anonymously to the Gold Coast Bulletin about how he was still dealing with seeing a teenager die after a horrific high-speed smash.
"First thing I did was jump in there and support the young fellow's head," he told the publication.
"He had three cardiac arrests before he died completely and in that time, he's trying to fight me off, from the head injuries, the pressure on his brain I think."
Tragically, the teenager could not be resuscitated by paramedics and it "f**ked me up quite a bit".
The driver said he felt there was nowhere to turn in the industry and when he struggled to cope, he used cannabis to help him sleep, which was the "worst decision possible" because two days later he was caught with the drug in his system and lost his licence.
But, he thinks the situation might have been different if he had known where and who to turn to.
Transport Workers Union's Queensland branch secretary Peter Biagini backed the driver's calls for mental health services targeting towies.
He said drivers were left in the lurch despite witnessing "some of the worst accidents on our roads".