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By Tayla Kershaw
A TRUCK driver escaped with non-life
threatening injuries after his truck over-
turned in Jumbunna last Wednesday.
The B-double fertiliser truck burst into flames
after veering off the side of Korumburra-Wont-
haggi Road at 3.15pm.
A car was heading towards the truck in the
opposite direction and momentarily swerved into
the centre of the road.
The truck driver moved to the left to avoid a
The truck’s wheel stuck to the grass on the
side of the road, causing the truck to slide for
140m, overturn and catch fire.
The driver – a 29 year old from Korumburra
was not trapped during the crash and was able
to escape before the truck ignited. He was later
flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
The fire destroyed the truck and blackened the
trees on the side of the road, but caused no further
Korumburra Police and the Bass Coast High-
way Patrol attended the scene, along with CFA
units from Korumburra, Kongwak and Ruby, and
the State Emergency Service.
VicRoads was also called to clean the road,
which was covered in mud and debris.
The road was closed for two hours while
heavy haulage towed the truck. Traffic was di-
verted around the scene.
The scene was completely cleared by 11pm.
No penalties have been issued, but investiga-
tions are still underway.
Crash site: a truck overturned and caught
fire on the Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road
near Jumbunna last Wednesday. Photo from
Driver escapes truck crash
By Brad Lester
LEONGATHA’S own Olympian high
jumper Eleanor Patterson has paid tribute
to the community of South Gippsland for
cheering her while she competed in the
Olympic Games in Brazil last month.
“Especially afterwards, I was humbled by the
support I received. I’m blessed to have the brilliant
support I’ve had from my coach David (Green, also
of Leongatha) and my family who was there for
every step of the way,” Eleanor said while home at
Leongatha last Friday.
The high jumper also acknowledged the well
wishes she received from members of her home
club, the South Coast Athletics Club, and the group
where her athletic career began as a youngster, the
Leongatha Little Athletics Club.
Eleanor finished 22nd at the games with a final
jump of 1.89m, short of her personal best of 1.96m.
National pride: Leongatha’s own Olympian Eleanor Patterson savours the atmosphere of
Rio de Janeiro with, clockwise from left, coach David Green, mother Helen Patterson, and
family friends Deanna and Sarah De Bondt from Tarwin.
Olympian London bound
While she was disappointed by the result, she
is viewing the Olympic journey as a chapter in her
youthful athletic career.
“It was a wild ride, that’s for sure, and it was one
of those rare experiences,” Eleanor said.
“I’m definitely proud to be an Olympian.”
The Commonwealth Games medallist described
the Olympic experience as “full of highs and lows”,
but felt she handled the pressure of the occasion.
“All of the time (while competing) I think about
me, my coach David and what we have done to pre-
pare and what we have practised umpteen times,”
In the lead up to the Olympics, Eleanor endured
a hectic schedule of competition in London and Ger-
many, before joining the Australian athletics team in
Rio de Janeiro.
She will never forget taking part in the closing
ceremony of the games, let alone the Olympic ex-
“I treat every competition as just another compe-
tition, but every now and then I would think ‘This is
cool, this is the Olympics’,” Eleanor said.
“I had been dreaming about this for a long time.”
She is now relishing a break from competition,
“taking one day at a time”.
“I just have to get my head around it and when
I’m ready I will get back into training. All my prepa-
ration (for the Olympics) was right and I have no
regrets,” Eleanor said.
Her next major competition will be the world
athletic championships in London next year and she
will continue with David Green as her coach.
Eleanor still hopes to contest the next Common-
wealth and Olympic games, and pursue athletics
fulltime, but knows the advantages of downtime.
To relax, she enjoys drawing, particularly por-
traits, cooking and meditation.
“I was looking forward to getting home and en-
joying family time together,” she said.
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