Trucker’s action praised after avoiding head on crash
A DRIVER was within 10km of her destination when she veered onto the wrong side of the road in front of an oncoming truck.
The 21-year-old woman was driving her ute on Saturday morning when a truck approached about 8km south of Monto on the Burnett Hwy.
The truck driver took evasive action, and the right-hand side of the ute collided with the side of the truck.
The ute ended up in a paddock while the truck driver pulled over on the side of the road.
Monto Police Acting Sergeant Ron Mientjes said the incident was fatigue related and the driver was lucky to escape without serious injury.
"In my 33 years of policing, she would have to be one of the luckiest drivers," Sgt Mientjes said.
"She was wearing a seatbelt, wasn't travelling at a high speed, and that was probably why she was able to survive."
Sgt Mientjes congratulated the truck driver on his actions on preventing a head-on collision.
"He was alert of not only his actions but of others too, whereas people generally tend to zone out," he said.
Sgt Mientjes said motorists needed to be more aware of fatigue and the dangers of driving tired.
"It is the same old story. If you are tired, pull over," he said.
The ute driver was travelling from Kilcoy to Monto and was issued with a traffic offence notice for failing to maintain proper control of the vehicle.
Sgt Mientjes said no injuries resulted from the incident.