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Horror Crash Shatters Tipper Driver's Life

« Back to News Articles Horror Crash Shatters Tipper Driver's Life

Tipper driver Graham Lockwood is an unfortunate example of how your life can be shattered in a moment of madness on our roads.

Graham was driving east along Anketell Road in Watteleup and slowed for a bloke in a utility waiting to turn right into Mandogalup Road when another tipper smashed head-on into the back of his truck

The impact catapulted him into the utility but he miraculously managed to steer his truck into the front of the ute avoiding hitting the driver full on.

However, Graham’s truck was then hit by another truck travelling towards him. The tremendous impact catapulted him through the passenger side window onto the road and under the trailer legs of the oncoming truck.

Witnesses who were on the scene within minutes of the crash said Graham was lucky to still be alive

On the Channel 10 news that night a senior traffic policeman said Graham put his own life on the line to save the ute driver and described him as a hero.

The driver of the ute expressed similar sentiments.

But while Graham is fortunate to still be with us, life has certainly dealt him a cruel blow.

Anyone who knows ‘Rowdy’, as our organiser Mick Connolly calls him, will tell you Graham is a magic bloke. Fit, hard-working full of life and good humour.

The sort of bloke you’d love to have a couple of coldies and a yarn with.

But the fateful crash has left the owner driver paralysed from the waist down. Doctors at the new Fiona Stanley hospital have told him he will never walk again.

A crane is needed to lift him from his wheelchair to his hospital bed

Amazingly, when Mick and I visited him in late November he was far from depressed, despite having every right to harbour negative feelings and grudges.

But Graham Lockwood is not that type of man. He’s a glass half full type and he is gravely gritting his teeth and preparing for life after the incident.

And he’ll get through, he’s has heaps of mates and they are they all there for him. They include his brother Brian Lockwood.

When we spoke to Brian he was organising modifications to his home to accommodate Graham, who will be wheelchair bound for some time.

Brian is also keeping Graham’s business running. How does that old song go?, “He aint heavy, he’s my brother.

Graham has a shack at Wedge Island and will be well known to many of those who are part of that close-knit community.

One of his Wedge mates is former TWU secretary Jim McGiveron.

Jim wished Graham a speedy recovery. “I love the bloke, he’s not the sort you can keep down for too long. He loves the water and he’ll find a way to get back into enjoying life”

Graham was once thrown off his boat by a massive wave, off the coast at Wedge but swam three kilometres through heavy seas to get back to shore.

“I’m the man they can’t root, shoot or electrocute. And they can’t drown me or kill me by running over me either,” laughed the laconic truckie.

The TWU has moved quickly to ensure Graham will be looked after.

“I’m certainly glad I let Mick Connolly talk me into joining the TWU. You never know when you might need the union.” Graham admitted.

Our lawyers have visited Graham in hospital and will be handling his personal injury claim.

We are informed that the truck driver who rear-ended him has been charged over the incident.