Archive for June, 2009

Aussie truckie dies from stray bullet on job

Friday, June 26th, 2009
Bill Hearne Pic.

Bill Hearne Pic.

Alison Rehn
June 26, 2009 10:35am
THE wife of a truck driver caught in the crossfire of a violent Sydney shooting said her husband loved driving trucks.
Canberra truck driver Bob Knight, 66, was killed by a stray bullet as he drove past a shootout in Sydney’s south-west overnight.
The gunshots were fired during an altercation between a group of men in the car park of KFC in Milperra Road, Milperra – the suburb which was the scene of Sydney’s most famous bikie massacre – about 10:40pm last night, The Daily Telegraph reports.
Mr Knight’s wife Jeanette today paid tribute to her husband of 45 years, describing him as a “wonderful man and a lovely grandfather”.
At her home in the North Canberra suburb of Macgregor, Mrs Knight this morning told The Daily Telegraph her husband had two loves in life – dogs, and driving trucks.
“He was the most perfectionist driver. He was born to be a truckie,” she said.
Jeanette and Bob married in 1964 and had two children, David and Cathy, and three grandchildren, Georgia, three, Alli, 11, and Josh, 20.
The close-knit family gathered at the Knights’ home, with Bob’s pet German shepherds barking in the background.
“Dogs and trucks he loved,” Mrs Knight said.
“I think he would have worked till the end, and that’s what he did.
“He was just loving, giving to everybody. He was a wonderful husband. He loved life. He was very respected in the trucking industry.”
Mrs Knight said she knew something was wrong this morning when her daughter and family friends turned up, and woke her up.
“I was aware he wasn’t home because the lights were all on. And then my daughter just said, ‘Mum, wake up. Wake up’.
“I still can’t believe it. If the truck had rolled over, I could accept that. Not this.”
Mrs Knight said she still wanted to know exactly what happened, and why.
Police say an examination of the crime scene overnight indicates the truck driver was travelling along Milperra Road at the time of the shooting and was shot in the head.

Investigations at this point have ruled out links to Sydney’s on-going bikie wars.
After two other men aged in their 20s were also shot in the gunfight, the first Bankstown police on the scene chased a car speeding away through the streets of Milperra.
Police suggest more than three men – possibly as many as six – were involved in an argument at 10.40pm in the carpark of the KFC restaurant on the corner of Henry Lawson Drive and Milperra Road.
Officers called to the scene found a 26-year-old man, who is believed to have been involved in the firefight, suffering multiple gunshot wounds.
He was taken to Liverpool Hospital where he has undergone surgery and is in a serious but stable condition.
A 25-year-old man attended Bankstown Hospital on Thursday night with gunshot wounds.
He was transferred to Liverpool Hospital where he is undergoing surgery and is reported to be in a serious condition.
The driver of the car – a man believed aged in his 20s – was arrested and taken to Bankstown police station where he is now being held in custody.
Police also searched the area surrounding KFC and tragically, found the truck driver slumped in his white prime mover with TNT B-double trailers not far from the outlet.
The truck’s headlights were still on as paramedics worked frantically to try to revive the truckie but he died from massive head injuries.
A short time later one man attended Bankstown Hospital with gunshot wounds to the stomach.
A third man suffering chest wounds was taken by paramedics to Liverpool Hospital.
Both men were in serious but stable conditions today.

Australian Truckies TV Show

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

On behalf of The Truck Volt we thank you for your comments and future support.

My husband has been in the industry for 26 yrs, his love and passion for driving trucks began at the age of 5 when his father who was an owner driver would take him out and spend the day at work. He has worked locally and country but I must say his passion was on the highway working interstate from Melbourne to Sydney or wherever work took him.

He met and made good friends with a lot of fantastic people along the way but also came across the minority who truly didn’t have any respect for the next person or the industry (cowboys). I think it is a shame that so many truck drivers out there have and are still putting up with having to use facilities that are not up to hygiene standards. The majority of the food that is served is also less than acceptable and the constant abuse from the media does nothing to help our plight.

We have been for the last couple of years working on a TV show that is not only appealing to truck drivers and their families alike but will hopefully highlight many short comings that happen on a regular basis in our industry. Only then can we begin to make this industry a better place for future generations to be proud of.

When I came across PJ’s comments my husband and I were not at all surprised that these people still exist in the industry and will continue to do so unless we expose what life on the road is really like. Hopefully with everyone’s support we can begin to make these changes.

The Truck Volt is being self funded by myself and my husband. We are always on the lookout for new sponsors and welcome any assistance offered by anyone who share our passion and want to make a change for our industry.

Our show is designed to be hard hitting, factual, informative and humorous. We feel it will be a familiar sight to those who are on this side of the industry and will give viewers who are not, an insight to their jobs and lives.

Once again I would like to show my appreciation to Truckies Online for their time and letting us have our say.

Big Rigs Dominate Truck Show

Monday, June 1st, 2009
MAN trucks on display

MAN trucks on display

The CVIAQ 2009 Brisbane Truck & Machinery Show was dominated by the major global truck manufacturers. Quality expensive displays were the order of the day and no expense was spared for trucking enthusiasts to get the right info to help make purchasing decisions. Mack, Volvo, Western Star & Sterling took out the major awards.

Truckiesonline made the statement previously that Kerry Brunton would pull the cat out of the hat….and he did just that with this brilliant expo. Congrats Kerry and the CVIAQ….a great job well done.