Hanson truck driver awarded for helping injured cyclist

Garth Hayes came to the aid of a cyclist who fell on Sydney’s M2 motorway.

Hanson truck driver awarded for helping injured cyclist
Garth Hayes, the latest recipient of the Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian award


Truck driver Garth Hayes has been named this year’s Highway Guardian Award winner for bravery on the job.

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA), which runs the award, says Hayes came to the rescue of an injured cyclist on Sydney’s M2 motorway in 2015.

The Hanson truck driver was on an early morning shift when he saw the cyclist fall headfirst onto the motorway after colliding with another rider. 

"He immediately stopped his truck and, armed only with a torch and hi-vis jacket, ran through the oncoming traffic to prevent the cyclist from being run over," the ATA says.

"With the aid of the other cyclist, Garth moved the man from the roadway and put him into the recovery position until medical attention arrived."

The ATA says Hayes then went back to work but was tracked down later after New South Wales Police put out a call "to find and recognise the heroic truckie".

Hayes is due to receive his award tomorrow at Hanson’s Kulnura quarry on the NSW central coast.

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