The cabin of his tipper truck was hit by the trailer of another passing truck at a bend on the Lexton Road. He is scarred and still recovering from his accident ordeal.
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James was airlifted from the scene and spent six weeks in hospital as a result. He suffered a broken ankle, punctured lung, fractured eye socket, broken ribs and a broken knee cap, and the physical trauma caused deep vein thrombosis.
He feels indebted to the volunteers who came to his rescue. James said he was very familiar with the bend as he had been working in the area for some weeks but even knowing the road didn't save him. His seatbelt may have broken a few ribs but it did save him from massive head injuries.
Apparently semiconscious, James still had his sense of humour as they pulled him from the wreck. “There may still be a piece of my kneecap floating around the scene of the accident,” a still-limping James laughs off.
He may yet need a prosthetic kneecap as his knee isn't mending.
John Athorn who was the first CFA truck to arrive on the scene said it's wonderful to see someone back on their feet after such a horrific accident.
James who had just started work with an excavating and earthmoving contractors in Ballarat, is keen to get back to work and hopes to ease back in as he continues to recover.
The newly-built truck was a write off.