Miracle on the highway
WHEN a motorcyclist fell off his bike on the Bruce Highway near Tiaro yesterday, Hervey Bay mother Anita Milis was sure he was about to be crushed to death by an oncoming gas tanker.
Miraculously the tanker driver was able to manoeuvre the truck around the prostrate body of the motorcyclist, saving him from certain death.
Ms Milis, who was driving along the highway at the time of the accident, still finds it hard to believe the motorcyclist survived.
“I thought the driver was going to run over him for sure; that man deserves a medal,” she said.
After calling emergency services for help Ms Milis and some other passing motorists did their best to control traffic.
A group of nurses who had been travelling north tended to the injured biker, who was later taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
While seeing the near miss was scary in itself, Ms Milis said the most frightening thing happened after the accident.
She said even though it was clear there was an injured man lying on the road, impatient drivers almost caused further accidents.
“The cars would not slow down,” Ms Milis said.
“I was abused by one driver who wanted to get through.
“One car went up the back of another while I was standing there and two other accidents nearly happened.
“I don't know what it's going to take for them to slow down.”
The accident happened about 10am yesterday.
The road was re-opened about 11am.