SUEZ truck driver honoured for heroic deed

Darell Wilson praised for quick action on Sydney motorway

m5 motorway near miss

You might have seen the footage, a bus packed full of school kids parked to the side of the busy M5 motorway in Sydney, suddenly the bus driver, in error, pulls out in front of a truck.

What looked like a certain collision avoided by the quick thinking of SUEZ driver, Darell Wilson.

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Darell was driving the truck seen in the footage (as below) when he spotted the bus coming into his lane, he intentionally turned towards a concrete barrier and jack-knifed in order to wash off speed and avoid a collision with the bus.

For those actions he has become the latest recipient of Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian Award.

Confirmed this afternoon by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Andrew Moffatt admired Mr Wilson’s actions.

“Darell Wilson is a credit to SUEZ. His split-second decision prevented a major accident from taking place,”

“The Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian award recognises those in the trucking industry who go above and beyond the call of duty, and to put his own life on the line to save those on the bus was an incredibly noble feat.

“Mr Wilson is a truly deserving recipient of the accolade.”

Fittingly, Mr Wilson was also recently recognised by industry body, the Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association NSW, by way of a Safety Award.

Know someone who deserves recognition? Potential Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian candidates can be brought to the ATA’s attention at any time by emailing

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