GIST DRIVER WINS NATIONAL HERO AWARD
Gist driver John Bushby has been named an HGV Hero at this year’s Microlise Driver of the Year Awards.
John’s heroism has been recognised after his quick-thinking actions saved the lives of two people when he helped avert a major collision on the M1 in March last year.
John, who has 44 years’ experience as a driver, was travelling back to Gist’s Hemel Hempstead depot in the nearside lane behind a European left-hand-drive lorry. This trailer started reacting very violently and, at the same time, a large object came hurtling towards John from underneath the vehicle. John made a split-second decision. He knew he couldn’t move to the left or to the right so braced himself for a collision while releasing and reapplying the brake to reduce impact. After the crash, John realised the object that hit him was a car and immediately called the emergency services.
Dash cam footage later revealed that the lorry in front of John started to pull out into the middle lane hitting a car which was in its blind spot, causing it to spin in front of the truck, along its nearside to then be crushed by the tractor unit.
John’s life-saving actions were also featured on the BBC’s Caught on Camera programme earlier this year.
Michael Chambers, Gist Chief Executive, said: “John’s actions that day demonstrated true professionalism, technical skill and commitment to safety – everything we expect from our drivers. His calm and controlled behaviour ultimately saved the lives of two people - a true HGV hero.”
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