Condition of Hume and 'pilled up' truckies blamed for crashes

Truck and coach mechanic centre blames crashes on condition of Hume Highway and drivers "pilled up to the eyeballs"

By Ruza Zivkusic | November 23, 2011

The Hume Highway near Glenrowan in Victoria’s northeast needs urgent attention, a mechanic believes.

Robinson’s Truck and Coach Maintenance owner Mal Robinson has attended too many late night crashes on the freeway, saying truck drivers struggle with rough spots.

"Trucks come straight up the hill trying to pick up speed and in the meantime there’s a truck coming down and at night time they misjudge the speed of this truck climbing," he says.

"I don’t know how many accidents we’ve had. The freeway needs to be widened, we’ve had so many people killed there."

Robinson, who has been a mechanic for 42 years, services Scania trucks and offers 24-7 roadside assistance to truck breakdowns.

He also helps police assist with crashes. He says he has seen many truck drivers fall asleep behind the wheel due to a lack of rest.

"When they get tired they just push it too far," Robinson says.

"Mainly this year a lot of them have gone to sleep, they turn the heaters on and get drowsy. Some are without question pilled up to the eyeballs and we’ve had one particular incident where we thought the driver should have been locked up."

"It still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up when we’re called to a scene."

ATN will have a full interview with Robinson’s Truck and Coach Maintenance in the January edition of the magazine

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