Crushing blow for showman stalwart
By BREE PRICE
AS RON Weir was being crushed between a moving cattle truck and a station wagon at the Bangalow Show on Friday, he knew his only chance of survival was to get the truck to stop.
"I yelled stop a couple of times. If he hadn't stopped I wouldn't be here today, I would have been in real trouble," the Tuncester dairy farmer said.
Mr Weir's pelvis was fractured in the incident and he won't be able to get out of bed for the next three weeks.
From his bed at Lismore Base Hospital on Saturday, the former president of the Bangalow Show Society talked of his ordeal.
He had been collecting admission fees from cars passing through the Market Street gate about 4pm when a truck loaded with 15 head of dairy cattle tried to pass him.
The truck crushed him against the side of the vehicle he was collecting admission money from.
"I had my head in the car getting the change and the truck came through the gate," Mr Weir said.
"I was hoping he would stop because he was only a couple of inches from the car. I thought the truck was going to stop.
"I was pushed into the car door and the truck caught me and rolled me around into the back door.
"In the middle of the front door and the back door there were dents three-inches deep.
"I didn't fall down but I knew it wasn't good.
"It all happened in slow motion. I realised I was being crushed but I didn't have time to be scared.
"It was only seconds, 25 seconds.
"There were a lot of people around and a lot of cattlemen were coming in with cattle. Quite a few of them came to help me.
"I haven't put my feet to the ground since."
Mr Weir also injured his left forefinger in the incident, requiring five stitches.
"I didn't even know until I saw the blood," he said.
"It's more of a puncture. When I looked at it first it looked like it had been pressed up onto a bolt or something."
Mr Weir was president of the show society from 1976 until this year.
At the show on Saturday he was to be presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from The Showmen's Guild of Australasia for 27 years of service.
Because of the accident, he received the award in his hospital room.
Mr Weir said he wasn't in any pain.
"While I'm lying still I'm not in pain. I have a high tolerance of pain so it's hard for me to judge things like that," he said.
"I look at things pretty lightly. Whatever will be will be.
"I feel I'll heal up pretty quickly, I'm a quick mender."
He said he didn't hold anyone responsible.
"The truck driver is a mate of mine. It was an accident, I haven't got any grudges," he said.