A Riverland based Pickering Transport truck driver has had a lucky escape along with a bus load of passengers in a Benetook Hire bus.
The incident – captured on Dash Cam – occurred on the night of July 13 at the Hattah intersection of the Murray Valley Highway and the Calder Highway.
The dash cam is in a 66 tonnes fully loaded Pickering Transport B double being driven by Jerome Taylor and shows the Hire Bus – believed to contain 15 people – come out of the Murray Valley Highway to turn right towards Mildura but stops midway for a truck heading north from Ouyen to Mildura.
But the driver of the bus was unaware that Mr Taylor’s loaded B double was heading south towards Ouyen.
“I just applied the brakes and angled to the left hand side as there was a gap between the road signage and the back of the hire bus,” Mr Taylor said.
His truck came to a halt over a section of the Murray Valley highway just before it would have run into the spoon drain area off the main Calder Highway.
“I was pretty shaken,” Mr Taylor said. “I got out and spoke to the driver of the bus – he just said sorry and before I could exchange names and details he just drove off.”
It is suspected that the hire vehicle had contained a group of backpackers.
The video of the night time incident was posted on the Facebook page of Dash Cam Owners Australia and was shown on Channel Seven news in Adelaide over the weekend.
The Dash Cam can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/DashCamOwnersAustralia/videos/1490367684356200/