Truckie fights the battle with PTSD
WHAT happened to truck driver Ian Medley is every driver's worst nightmare.
He is now fighting to get Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) covered in a mandatory insurance scheme for truckies.
"On Friday, January 17, I was driving my usual route, Ballarat - Melbourne - Ballarat," Mr Medley said.
"I was travelling along great. I was ahead of schedule and heading home earlier than usual.
"At 9.50pm, I had just passed Ballan, when I noticed the truck in front of me swerve off the road to the left.
"I thought he feel asleep or blacked out, as I saw him pulling up I looked in front of me there was a young woman laying on the road in front of me, in my lane.
"I had no time to stop, no time to swerve, I remember thinking 'I hope that was a mannequin'.
"By the time the truck had pulled up there were another two trucks behind me pulling up.
"We ran to the road, and you could imagine the horrific scene we found."
Mr Medley said the police were called and he tried to stop the traffic from running over what remained of the woman.
"When the police attended the scene, they were looking over all the trucks, and all I could see was the damage I had caused.
"I couldn't believe what had happened. I was taken to the police station and was questioned."
He said the coroner is still looking into whether the woman meant to run into the path of on coming traffic or if it was just an accident.
It's been six months since the horrific incident and Mr Medley who now suffers from PTSD, can't sleep for nightmares, suffers from severe anxiety, depression and can't eat meat.
He has terrible flashbacks and doesn't enjoy life anymore.
Workcover has been paying him since the crash, it's now 80% of his wage, but Mr Medley said there is no money for his pain and suffering.
He refers to his condition as a permanent disability and said he can't go back to work.
"The stats are about four or five people a week suicide in front of trucks. There's no compo payout for truck drivers. My life is totally crap now. I'll probably never drive again."
He has now started a petition to help change the law for future drivers who get into the same situation.