Ash Taylor with his young family. Ash spoke out on what he's been dealing with since the crash in 2017.
Ash Taylor with his young family. Ash spoke out on what he's been dealing with since the crash in 2017.

Was it you who helped Ash from this crash?

FRIDAY January 13, 2017, was the worst day of Ash Taylor's life.

The former truckie was on his way to a Murgon feedlot in his Scania full of grain, when a car came out of nowhere at 3am near Esk and smashed head-on into him.

Ash, who was 24-years-old at the time, doesn't like to talk too much about the aftermath of the crash, but  he said it was determined to be a case of suicide by truck that left him both physically and mentally scarred.

Not only did he break his shoulder, his back in four different places and suffered a chest injury, he also suffers from PTSD and severe depression and anxiety.

"I have a few flashbacks from it (the crash) and just driving every day, it makes you even more aware of what's going on. I mean as a truck drive you're always aware of (what's happening) on the roads, but now I'm even more aware," he said.

"When my partner picked me up from the hospital that night, she knew I wasn't the same person who left that morning.

"It was on Friday the 13th with a full moon. Some say that Friday the 13th is a myth but it became reality to me. And that's how I see it now."

The scene of the crash in 2017.
The scene of the crash in 2017.

More than two years on from the crash, Ash, who lives at Mudjimba on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, recently reached out to social media, looking for a man who stopped to help him that night.

"Two blokes stopped to help, I know one bloke but the other fella I'm looking for, he showed up shortly after the crash," he said.

"He would have seen some horrible things. I think he was another truck driver and he came up to me thinking I'd hit a cow.

"I do recall seeing another truck stopped and I think it was him. He came over and helped me out of the truck and tried to isolate it because of what it was carrying."

The Scania Ash Taylor was driving when the crash happened.
The Scania Ash Taylor was driving when the crash happened.

Ash said the police report had blanked out all the names regarding the case and he wanted to get in touch with the driver to thank him.

He also thanked the emergency services who were on scene that day.

"You always know that the police and SES are always at these things and you appreciate what you do, but when (you go through it yourself and realise) what they come to, it's such a big ask, especially for volunteers."

If you know who helped Ash back in 2017, let us know reaching out to kate.dodd@bigrigs.com.au or (07) 3817 1754.

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