Man hit by milk tanker
A man has survived being hit by a milk tanker in Edendale, Southland.
Edendale chief fire officer Scott Cameron said the pedestrian was injured but was ''very very lucky to be alive".
A male pedestrian had missed a ride home and decided to walk the Pioneer Highway and Coal Pit road about 2am on Saturday, Mr Cameron said.
''He just appeared in front of the milk tanker driver on the road.
''The driver swerved to avoid hitting him front-on. The tanker struck him with the left side of the truck, which he bounced off, Mr Cameron said.
The Fire Service had arrived at the scene expecting the worst and were relieved to see the man had survived.''
The guy has some pretty bad injuries but he is alive. The quick-thinking and adverse actions of the driver saved his life,'' he said.
The driver of the tanker was shaken up.
The incident had also affected other people, such as the the drivers' colleagues who had stopped to assist, Mr Cameron said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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