Dashcam captures hero truckie's Warrego Hwy near miss
STEERING more than 80 tonnes of road train off the side of a highway when travelling at 90kmh is not an option many truck drivers would consider ideal.
But when faced with that or seeing a head-on crash, Westbrook driver Kevin Norris knew he had to swerve.
The experienced driver yesterday detailed a misjudgement by an overtaking motorist on the Warrego Hwy that could easily have cost multiple lives.
Mr Norris' fully loaded truck was heading east on the section of highway between Dalby and Jondaryan about 3.30pm Sunday.
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His cruise control was set at 90kmh, the maximum for a road train.
He said the offending driver had been following him for a while.
A white Toyota Hilux overtook both Mr Norris and the other vehicle safely before the offending driver tried to follow suit.
Mr Norris didn't realise the offending driver was trying to overtake until he saw the vehicle pull level with the axles on the lead trailer.
An oncoming vehicle was about 150m ahead of them.
Mr Norris braked and then pulled off the road as quickly and safely as he could, allowing the overtaking driver in but sending the road train about 30m off the highway.
The rear trailer very nearly tipped, but righted as Mr Norris headed into roadside scrub.
"You can't legislate for idiots," Mr Norris said.
"It is one of those things that is an error of judgement on his behalf."
Afterwards, he said the driver had the common decency to stop, come back and apologise for the incident.
A dashboard camera captured his off road detour.
The incident was not the first time Mr Norris had been forced to take evasive action. That was part of the reason he had a dash camera installed.
He was also mindful it was not always other motorists who were in the wrong.
"I'm the first to admit there are a lot of fools in this industry too.
But he hoped his experience would remind drivers to ensure they had enough space to overtake a road train.
"People just take the chances."