The crash scene at Urunga where a B-double hit a house.
The crash scene at Urunga where a B-double hit a house. Frank Redward

Heartbreak revealed

THE wife of the truck driver seriously injured in the Urunga double fatality has spoken out about the crash and the painful toll the ordeal has had on her husband.

Released from Coffs Harbour Base Hospital to return home to Queensland, the truck driver spent a week in the intensive care and surgical wards, suffering a punctured lung and broken ribs.

In her touching letter of thanks and condolence, the driver's wife revealed the truth of how her husband learnt the grim reality of the crash, days after that fateful day.

"Our hearts go out to the families of both David Levett and young Max MacGregor.

"Having never lost a child, we can never begin to imagine their grief and pain.

"We will never forget what has happened as we go on with our lives knowing that others are in such pain."

Highlighting the anguish and fear that a truckie's family faces, as their father, husband or son leaves for work, the truck driver and his wife made powerful condemnation of the state of the Pacific Hwy.

"We can only hope that no more lives are destroyed before sanity reigns and something is done," she wrote.

The publishing of her letter in today's Coffs Coast Advocate coincides with news that Doctors For a Safe Highway will stage a community protest in Urunga on Tuesday, January 24.  

The rally will be held on the Urunga Morgo St Foreshores from 10am.

THE LETTER IN FULL FROM THE TRUCK DRIVER'S WIFE

We would like to give huge thanks to the doctors, nurses and all staff of the intensive care unit and surgical ward of the Coffs Harbour Hospital. Their care for my husband could not have been bettered anywhere. We give thanks to the ambulance and paramedics, fire services at the scene of the accident at Urunga on that terrible morning for their wonderful assistance and service to all the injured and deceased. To the police who have been nothing short of wonderful in their thoroughness, care and understanding we are so grateful. As has been stated my husband was taken to Coffs harbour hospital with serious injuries consisting of numerous broken ribs and a punctured lung. He was in the critical care room for a number of days while we waited for his lung to heal and his breathing to improve.

He has a lot of work to do yet to recover but he is a determined man and will make the best of it he can. It was some days before he was told the extent of the lives lost and damage done as we needed to wait until he was over the worst of the injuries he had andhas still.

Our hearts go out to the families of both David Levett, 38 and young Max MacGregor aged 11.

Having never lost a child, we can never begin toimagine their grief and pain. We will never forget what has happened as we go on with our lives knowing that others are in such pain. To those of the Coffs Harbour community that I have met, I thank you so much for your support and kindness.

There is so much more my husband and I are feeling that is hard to put down on paper. I feel so very lucky to have him with me still as many other truck driver wives and mothers would know the special worry we all feel when our husbands and sons leave to do the work they do on the roads of this country. On the state of the nation's highways so much has been already said and there are many places everyone knows of that are in need of urgent attention. We can only hope that no more lives are destroyed before sanity reigns and something is done. The highways of this country are the workplace of our transport workers and as we wouldn't tolerate an unsafe workplace in our offices, shops, constructionor other places of employment, the drivers of the many transport companies should not have to put up with an unsafe workplace that is the open road. The other road users are also entitled to thesafest possibleenvironment when travelling. It is the responsibility of all road users including truck drivers and other vehicles to drive with all due care including a zero tolerance to drink driving, not driving when tired, using a mobile or all other distractions that could cause a crash and the loss of more lives.

We leave for our own long drive home today and hopefully a smooth one. Again, thank you so much to everyone involved.



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