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Driver records 'terrifying' road ordeal with truck

A GLADSTONE resident has taken to social media after a terrifying ordeal with a truck on the Bruce Hwy near Benaraby at the weekend.

Jason Keable and his family were driving along the stretch of road, just after the Boyne Island turn-off, when they noticed a semi-trailer in the rear vision mirror.

"We were just returning from a relaxing weekend and this idiot was pushing us within metres from our tailgate as we sat on the speed limit," Mr Keable said.

He said the truck driver proceeded to overtake their car, over double lines.

Mr Keable's calculations led him to believe the truck was travelling at 126km/h.

The incident comes just weeks after the Department of Transport and Main Roads reduced the speed limit on Gladstone-Benaraby Rd from 100km/h to 90km/h, to reduce accidents in the area.

"I thought we were gone as he swung in on us," Mr Keable said.

The driver was working for company DRW-Wettenhalls, and a spokesman said the truck in question was fitted with a working speed limiter and GPS monitor.

"This technology allows us to deal with factual evidence, which gives us the opportunity to continually strive to improve our safe driving practices," the spokesman said.

DRW-Wettenhalls said limiters prevented trucks from exceeding a programmed speed limit.

The company would not comment on the driver overtaking across double lines.

* This story has been updated to correctly identify the road Mr Keable was travelling on. The story originally named it as Gladstone-Benaraby Rd.

Topics:  benaraby, bruce highway, dangerous driving, editors picks, gladstone



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