Family shaken after close shave with a truck
By ADRIAN MILLER
ROBERT Piper knew it was just a matter of time.
Living on the Pacific Highway, less than 30 metres from the road, he always expected a vehicle to lose control and come crashing into his property.
Yesterday, just after 5am, Mr Piper was woken by a B-double truck careering off the highway and into the front yard of his property, narrowly missing his house and son's bedroom.
Mr Piper said it was the sound of breaking timber which woke him.
"I heard this huge smashing sound and the sound of timber being crushed, so I jumped up out of bed and rushed to the window to look outside and saw the semi," he said.
"It only just missed the house."
Mr Piper said the family would be shaken for some time.
"My son came running out of his bedroom screaming, he'll be a bit traumatised for a while I'd say," he said.
Police said the truck, travelling north-bound on the highway, ran off the road 1km south of Ferry Park.
It left the highway and drove on around 100 metres before ending up bogged in a cane paddock.
One lane of the highway was closed for an hour.
The Queensland driver was uninjured.
Police investigations into the incident are continuing, with fatigue identified as a possible cause.
Mr Piper said the family was lucky to have escaped uninjured.
"We've seen many accidents along here in the seven years we've been here, but we knew it was only a matter of time," he said.
"We're just lucky our house is set back further. If we had been closer to the road like that lady in Ulmarra then we would have been gone."