Truck driver nearly dies in crash

A TRUCK driver charged by the Department of Main Roads in October for driving an oversized vehicle nearly died in a truck crash in March, Gympie Magistrates Court heard.

Paul Edward Hausknecht, 48, was charged after his B-double combination measured 1.1 metres too long when checked on the Burnett Highway on October 12 last year.

He had been transporting perishable items and was halfway through his journey when the engine blew up.

The prime mover was replaced with the only one available, which put the truck and trailer combination over the restricted length.

Defence solicitor Gene Visini told the court Hausknecht would not be driving again after he was involved in a crash earlier this year that was not his fault.

“Hausknecht broke nearly every bone in his body and nearly died – having to be resuscitated eight times,” he said.

In relation to the traffic offence, Mr Visini said there had been no crash or injuries as a result. Hausknecht, of Decker Place, Southside, was fined $1000 – at the lower end of the penalty range.

“Good luck, I think you need some,” Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said.

Gympie Times


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