Adelaide truck driver is hailed a hero after avoiding a car at the Sturt Highway in a dust storm

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Truck driver, 26, is hailed as a hero after sacrificing himself to save a woman’s life – despite cops calling his actions ‘foolish and reckless’

  • Coen Fraser, 26, died when he swerved to avoid a stopped car and into a truck
  • He and Brenden Giles, 64, were killed as their two trucks collided in a dust storm
  • SAPOL’s commissioner labelled Mr Fraser’s actions a ‘reckless decision’
  • Transport officials disputed this and said Mr Fraser saved the car driver’s life

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Coen Fraser, 26 has been remembered as a hero – despite police criticising him for a firey crash 

A truck driver has been hailed as a hero after he sacrificed himself to avoid a collision with a parked car – despite police criticising his actions after his death. 

Coen Fraser, 26, was driving his truck in a dust storm along the Sturt Highway near Truro, an hour north-east of Adelaide, on Thursday when he suddenly found in his path a parked car with a woman inside.

He swerved out of the way of the car in an attempt to avoid a crash, but collided head-on with an oncoming truck driven by Brenden Giles, 64.

Both drivers were killed in the ensuing crash as their trucks burst into flames. 

South Australia Police commissioner Grant Stevens criticised Mr Fraser the day after the crash, labelling his action as a ‘foolish and reckless decision’.

‘A dust storm does not cause vehicles to crash – you may attribute it to dangerous driving, distraction,’ Mr Stevens said.

On Tuesday, Steve Shearer from the SA Transport Association disputed these claims and expressed his thoughts for Mr Fraser’s family.

‘On Monday Coen’s family would have celebrated his 27th birthday,’ Mr Shearer said. 

‘Instead they are still in shock and grieving.

We think his responsible and heroic decision should be recognised.’

Mr Shearer said regardless of the circumstances leading up to the crash, Mr Fraser made a ‘brave’ decision to save someone else’s life instead of his own. 

‘He did not have room to brake in the dust storm.

His only certainty would have been that if he hadn’t changed lanes then the people in that car, in all probability, would be dead,’ Mr Shearer said.

Adelaide truck driver is hailed a hero after avoiding a car at the Sturt Highway in a dust storm

Mr Fraser unknowingly swerved into the path of another oncoming truck resulting in the death of both drivers

Adelaide truck driver is hailed a hero after avoiding a car at the Sturt Highway in a dust storm

SA Police commissioner Grant Stevens (centre) criticised Mr Fraser the day after the crash labelling the actions a ‘foolish and reckless decision’

Mr Shearer also criticised police for their handling of the aftermath of the crash in which they investigated a business his mother and uncle were working at, believing that Mr Fraser was also an employee.

Investigators were said to have held the pair back for several hours without informing them of the crash while they seized paperwork from the business unrelated to Mr Fraser.

‘Coen had his own business and his own clients and he was not working for the business that his mother and uncle work at,’ Mr Shearer said.

‘Police were told that and yet they still attended and acted as if they were dealing with criminals.’ 

South Australian Police said they could not comment on the ongoing investigation but said Mr Fraser’s family were notified as soon as possible following the accident. 

Adelaide truck driver is hailed a hero after avoiding a car at the Sturt Highway in a dust storm

Steve Shearer from the SA Transport Association said regardless of the cricumstances leading up to the crash Mr Fraser made a heroic decision to save someone else’s life instead of his own

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