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Trans-Help issues new edition of self-help guide

Two years down the track, there is an improved stress and trauma booklet


Trans-Help Foundation has released a revised version of a self-help guide that is more user-friendly.

CEO Dianne Carroll says the Heavy Vehicle Stress and Road Trauma guide, which is available for download from the foundation’s website, includes tips and advice for drivers when dealing with stress and road trauma.

The original version was released two years ago.

“The response has been fantastic,” Carroll says.

“We actually send it out to companies and we also give it to the police to pass on to the driver and we recommend it through the social media so if we pick up on a driver that’s been suffering stress or road trauma we forward the booklet to them.”

Up to eight drivers call the foundation for help each day.

Copies of the guide have been sent to Kalari transport whose driver was involved in a truck explosion last Friday in south-west Queensland, Carroll adds.

The truck was carrying more than 50 tonnes of ammonium nitrate for mining company Orica when it crashed and rolled in Charleville.

The blast destroyed two firefighting vehicles and two bridges, and blew a hole in the Mitchell Highway.

The truck driver, two fire officers and two passers-by sustained serious injuries.

“All I know is he’s not in a good place,” Carroll says of the driver.

“We’ve contacted the company and they have received the booklet to pass on to any of their employees that would have been affected by this and also information on to the family for them to contact us when they’re ready.”

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