Victim sick of 'bully' truckies
By Brigid Simeoni
Adele Janssen considers herself lucky to be alive after a truck smashed into her car recently on the Ipswich Motorway - a road she says is plagued by the "bully" tactics of heavy vehicle drivers.
The Basin Pocket woman said the busy highway, which she used several times a week, had become a danger zone due to the dangerous actions of truck drivers.
"I have been cut off so many times by trucks; it's just a death trap," Mrs Janssen said at the weekend.
Mrs Janssen said trucks tail-gating and cutting off other cars was a common problem on the Ipswich Motorway.
"To me truckies are bullies; not all of them but some do bully cars," Mrs Janssen said.
"We're all equals, we're all human beings and it's just not on."
The collision earlier this month occurred just six weeks after Mrs Janssen had major back surgery.
She now faces possible complications.
She said her car was hit from behind causing screws inserted in her back to move.
The shifted screws are being monitored closely in scans.
"I'm back in agony again," she said.
"I am now back to the stage where I'm in worse pain then I was before I had the surgery done."
Mrs Janssen said the upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway could not happen soon enough for her.
"The upgrades will be absolutely brilliant," she said.
She believes some truck drivers intimidate motorists and drive without consideration for others.
"Not all truckies are like this but for so many years I have feared that motorway and I have believed that one day a truck was going to get me," she said.
"I just hoped wouldn't happen but it has.
"They just think that because they're in this big, huge vehicle they can do what they want."
She was thankful she was not killed in the recent crash.
"Where I ended up stopping was only about one metre away from a guard rail," she said.
She said she had not used the Ipswich Motorway since the crash and became nervous when she encountered trucks on the road.
"I saw a truck and I just had to pull over," she said.