Truck driver praised for guiding couple to safety through torrential downpour


A couple has thanked a kind-hearted truck driver who guided them to safety as an intense storm battered a highway in Queensland.

Emily Clarke was driving through a severe storm on the Bruce Highway in Proserpine, north Queensland, with her partner Jay on Thursday when the truck driver helped them through the torrential downpour.

“The water was lapping both sides of the Bruce Highway and in some parts, it was over the road,” Ms Clarke wrote on Facebook on Friday.

“I had a sick feeling in my stomach knowing that stopping would put us in a more dangerous position.

“The driver of this truck restored my faith in truck drivers as he guided us through the storm.

Emily Clarke and her partner Jay (pictured) thanked a helpful truck driver. Source: Facebook/Emily Clarke

“It was unsafe to stop so I committed and tucked in behind the truck and he guided me, braking frequently and putting his indicator on the side that there was an upcoming hazard.

“We followed the truck all the way until he turned off at a pub just before Mackay and we turned off with him.”

Ms Clarke’s partner got out of the car to thank the truck driver and offered to buy him a drink at the rest stop near Mackay.

The truck driver was a Melbourne man named ‘Footie.’

“He said, ‘I could see more than you, and if you were my family, I would only hope that another truck driver would do that for them’,” Ms Clarke wrote.

“We offered to buy him a drink and thanked him from the bottom of our hearts for helping keep us safe.”

The kind hearted truck driver was “gobsmacked” by the attention. Source: Facebook/Emily Clarke

Ms Clarke’s post has been liked over 35,000 times and shared over 11,000 times.

The down to earth truckie has been “absolutely gobsmacked” by the public’s positive response.

“It’s honestly nothing I wouldn’t think that any truckie wouldn’t do to try keep people as safe as possible,” Footie said in a comment shared by Ms Clarke on Saturday.

“I’m absolutely gobsmacked by the interest.”

Ms Clarke called Mr Footie’s boss at Jet Freighters to ask for further recognition of his good deeds.