Driver reflects on his good fortune in crash
JOHN Kleinschmidt feels lucky to be alive.
As he sat in his tyre delivery truck pinned by the steering wheel, and a bit vague after a bump to his head, the 46-year-old didn’t know what to expect next.
John was on his way to Yeppoon for a delivery on Friday, October 30, when he said he was forced to make “a split-second decision’” after a motorhome turned in front of him on Yeppoon Road.
His truck and the motorhome collided but everyone involved escaped with only minor injuries.
This week as John recovered from a sore leg, lacerations to his left hand and the back of his head, he took his hat off to emergency services crews as he reflected on the crash.
“I knew I was trapped and tried to get out, but there was no way out,” John said.
The Gracemere man said as he started to regain his senses he knew help was coming.
“My thoughts went straight out to the occupants in the other vehicle,” he said.
John said emergency crews were by his side within minutes and talked him through every step as they cut open the door of the truck to free him in close to an hour.
“I can’t thank emergency services enough.”
He also thanked all the staff at Rockhampton Hospital for looking after him and the injured occupants of the other vehicle.
“They were excellent, and I am just glad everyone is alive to talk about it,” John said.
John was told the family, including two young children, travelling in the motorhome were German tourists.
“I thought if anything had happened to them I never would have forgiven myself.”
John said the day of the accident he had a hospital visit from a social worker who explained the natural human process he would experience.
“The first couple of days were traumatic and the crash ran through my mind over and over again, but as the days pass things become easier.”
John is expected to take another week off work, and said he was touched after receiving a gift and card from his company’s head office in Sydney as well as the support from his Rockhampton colleagues.
I can’t thank emergency services enough