Cleanaway Trial
Cleanaway Trial

Truckie gives his account of horror South East Freeway crash

THE driver of the truck that caused the horror 2014 South Eastern Freeway crash was "standing" on the brakes in a desperate, but failed, attempt to slow it down, a court has heard.

On Monday, former driver and Paralympian Darren Michael Hicks took the stand against his former employer, Cleanaway.

The company has denied federal allegations that it failed to adequately train Mr Hicks before the crash that took his leg, claimed two lives and left a third person permanently affected.

Speaking about the incident for the first time, Mr Hicks - who has been granted immunity from prosecution - told the Adelaide Magistrates Court he had a full load of sewage when he drove on to the freeway.

He agreed he was effectively "standing" on the brakes, with no effect, as the 8000L truck picked up speed.

On August 18, 2014, the truck slammed into cars at the bottom of the freeway, at 151km/h, while Mr Hicks was behind the wheel.

Jacqui Byrne, 41, and Tom Spiess, 56, were killed, Mr Hicks' right leg was almost severed and Louise Compton suffered spine, head, brain, lung, torso and psychiatric injuries.

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