Truck driver recalled final moment before fatal collision
A COURT has heard the moment a Bundaberg truck driver realised he was driving on the wrong side of the road, the split second before he crashed into an oncoming ute, killing its driver.
In the Bundaberg District Court on Tuesday the jury was played two interview recordings Steven Robert Bourke, 32, gave to police, one just hours after the crash and the second on June 25, 2012.
Bourke is charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death following the crash at about 5.30am on Gin Gin Rd on January 7, 2012 which claimed the life of Daniel Roderick McLaughlan.
In the interview on June 25, 2012 Bourke was asked about what he could remember in the moments leading up to the crash.
Bourke said he remembered approaching the corner but the next moment he was on the wrong side of the road.
"I noticed him and he noticed me and it was just too late," he said.
"I've seen him and we swerved at the same time. "I heard screeching tyres after we connected."
The police officer asks Bourke if he knew about a micro sleep and asked Bourke if he had every suffered one to which Bourke replied "no".
"It didn't feel like I closed my eyes it just felt like time lapsed," Bourke said.
During the interview Bourke said he had gone to bed about 9.30pm the night before the crash and got up at 2am to start the shift at 2.30am.
Bourke said he couldn't sleep initially because he was stressed about a benign tumour on his neck and he had been waiting for the results of a blood test.
"I didn't't get to sleep until about 11pm," he said.
Bourke told police he felt light headed when he woke up before heading into work at Production St to load his tuck for the Gin Gin run.
"I started off at work and felt a little bit sick, dizzy and light headed when I was loading the truck," he said. '
During the interview Bourke is asked by police if he ever thought he shouldn't be driving.
"I didn't think I wouldn't be able to drive," he said.
"I though if I was going to be sick I would have time to pull over."
Bourke said he felt a bit better after his first stop at Sharon and better again after his second stop at South Kolan.
The trial continues on Wednesday.