Pinned to the ground by his bus and fearing a movie-style demise, Bryan Casey's rough road to becoming WA's longest-running coach tour operator was nearly closed in Monkey Mia in 1994.
Mr Casey feared his own Steve Irwin moment, with his life being gradually squashed out of him after his bus collapsed as he lay under it making mechanical adjustments.
"The bloody thing slipped off the jack and on to me," Mr Casey said of his beloved bus Ernest Giles, named after the mid-1800s Australian explorer.
Celebrating 40 years as a WA coach tour operator, Mr Casey recalled that when the accident happened, the engine of the company's other bus had seized 200km north of Kalgoorlie and the bus had to be towed back to Perth.
In the organisational stress that followed, Mr Casey did not take enough precautions while jacking up his bus and desperation set in.
Then the accident happened.
"The flying doctor was called," he said.
"I remembered the movies where a joker is shot and there's blood pouring out of the mouth.
"But no blood came. I made a mistake and it could have been fatal. I thank the Lord we've never had a serious accident."
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