Truckies rescue trapped couple
FORMER Grafton and now Brisbane-based truck driver, Alan Andrew, was feeling well rested after a two-week holiday.
But two hours into his first shift back at work, while driving a parcel freight load from Brisbane to Sydney, he was forced off the Pacific Highway 500 metres north of Ross Lane at Lennox Head.
The accident occurred at about 3.30am on Saturday morning.
Mr Andrew was travelling southbound with his partner when an early model white Holden Commodore came towards him on the wrong side of the road.
Mr Andrew said he was forced to take evasive action on a bend, which caused his semi trailer to jack knife then hurtle over an embankment, coming to rest 30 metres below.
Marks on the bullbar of his truck indicate he hit the Commodore, but the vehicle was no- where to be found when he climbed the embankment to assess the scene.
Mr Andrew suffered minor head injuries in the accident and his partner was lucky to escape with minor back bruising. The pair were rescued by three other truckies after being trapped in their cabin for 20 minutes.
After being discharged from hospital Mr Andrew returned to the crash site. He said he has been driving for 20 years and this was his first accident.
The highway was blocked southbound from 9.30am and then in both directions from 10.45am for about half-an-hour to allow tow trucks to salvage the semi.
SES and rural fire services and RTA representatives were on hand during the salvage operation.