Angela's quick action saved family
AS a semi-trailer came straight for Angela Minter and her family, she saw her life flash before her eyes.
Angela, her two young children – Abraham, 2, and Estelle, 17 months – along with her partner Ross Hunt, were on the Bruce Highway bound for Rockhampton last Wednesday.
Their sedan had been escorted off the road by police, near Yaamba, to allow an oncoming wide load to pass.
The next thing Angela saw was a truck trying to overtake the wide load, putting it on a collision course with them.
Angela had no other choice but to drive off the road and into a ditch to save her family.
“I saw my life flash before my eyes. I thought my family was going to die,” she said.
“It happened in slow motion, but at the same time so quickly. I was terrified,” she said, still shaken up from the near-miss.
The family was travelling to town from their cattle property 57km north of Rockhampton to shop for groceries.
“It was a huge truck carrying mining equipment.
“It took up most of the highway and there was a big steel blade on the back,” Angela said.
“I had no other choice than to go over the edge of the road and down a ditch.
“He would have clipped us and the truck.
“It would have been chaos,” she said.
The busy mother-of-four travels on the stretch of the Bruce Highway between her property and Rockhampton at least three times a week to do the shopping and to run the kids around.
“I've seen some pretty disgraceful things, but this was by far the most horrifying experience,” the shaken-up mum said after the accident on Wednesday.
“That afternoon I told my other kids that we nearly died today; it was so frightening.”
After the incident, Angela dialled triple zero.
She was told to report it to Marlborough Police.