Truckie who survived crash returns to thank his rescuers
MATT Trusz feels lucky to still be around to annoy his wife and embarrass his kids - something that was almost taken away from him on Friday, October 28, 2011.
Mr Trusz was driving a semi-trailer on the Bruce Hwy south of Ilbilbie when his front right steering tyre blew out, causing him to lose control of the truck, which then overturned.
The Sarina man had life-threatening injuries and almost lost his right leg. The bone was snapped in six places.
He also had a deep cut to his right temple and two deep cuts to his left wrist.
Today Mr Trusz not only has kept his leg, but he's walking - something doctors weren't certain he would ever be able to do.
Yesterday the Trusz family made time to thank RACQ-CQ Rescue for coming to his aid and flying him to Mackay Base Hospital after the crash. While he doesn't remember much from the day, it was still an emotional reunion.
"If it wasn't for these guys, I wouldn't be here," he said.
"I'm happy. All I want to do is see my kids happy and it could have been a lot different that day."
Mr Trusz said he couldn't say thank you enough to all those involved in his rescue and recovery.
RACQ-CQ Rescue service helicopter crewman Justin Craib said when they arrived at the scene of the crash in 2011 Mr Trusz was in a bad way.
"The fact that he's actually here walking, is actually a credit to all emergency services and himself in his rehabilitation," Mr Craib said.
"He's very lucky."
To say thank you to the rescue service, Mr Trusz presented them with framed photographs of the truck he was driving before and after the crash.
He hopes his story will inspire others to not take the service for granted and give generously to keep them in the air.
"I don't think enough gratitude goes to these guys," he said.
"I can't thank them enough."
Mr Trusz was recently given final clearance to return to full work duties with his employer, Keating Haulage.