18 Feb 2010

Opposition leader's car nearly hit by truck

8:57 pm on 18 February 2010

Australian Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott was nearly killed on Wednesday morning after his car was nearly hit by a truck at a road black spot.

His car was attempting to turn right on a road in the state of Victoria, when a mini-bus and a truck-trailer unit had to swerve to avoid hitting him.

The truck driver says Mr Abbott's car was in the wrong.

The ABC reports Mr Abbott was on his way to be briefed on safety issues on the Princes Highway south-west of Melbourne when the incident occurred.

His car was waiting to turn right on a single-lane section of the road at Winchelsea when the truck nearly rammed him from behind.

The truck had to swerve to the left around a small bus directly behind Mr Abbott's car which also ended up on the side of the road.

The truck driver managed to go to the left of Mr Abbott's stationary car and pull up on the roadside.

Mr Abbott said afterwards he was relieved no-one was hurt.