Emotional scars remain with truck driver after head-on crash
THE flowers and cross on the Bruce Hwy south of Koumala have bothered Ed Maslen since his crash.
As a resident of Greenhill, the 53-year-old truck driver has often passed the site on his way to Mackay.
Mr Maslen said he meant no disrespect, but he wished he didn't have to see the reminder of the tragic events so often.
This Friday marks a year to the day since Mr Maslen, who was transporting scrap metal in his truck, was involved in a head-on collision with a south-bound ute on that lonely stretch of highway.
Ned Inch, 30, his wife Nahalia, 33, and their three-year-old daughter Nevaeh all died in the horror crash.
Mr Maslen meanwhile, escaped with barely a scratch.
While emotional scars remain, Mr Maslen said he had come a long way since that morning.
"It was hard for the first couple of months," he said.
"Some days I have a flashback, and have a couple of bad days."
But Mr Maslen said he had received support from the Trans-Help Foundation, a charity designed to aid transport workers suffering from road trauma.
"I'd recommend it to anybody," he said.
Twelve months on, Mr Maslen still occasionally calls his contact at Trans-Help.
"She's one of most beautiful people and she's just got a way of getting through to your head."
It took three months following the crash before Mr Maslen could get back in a truck, and he has since picked up a few bad driving habits.
"I've got into a habit of sitting on the outside of the white line now when vehicles come towards me," he said.
Recently, he has been transporting scrap metal from Moura to Gladstone with his wife, Agnes.
And he has some advice for the drivers he sees doing more than 120kmh on the highway.
"Just get through the day safe," Mr Maslen said.
"Do the job safely and get home to your family."