Two Traralgon women have had a near death experience when a piece of timber from an unsecured load almost hit them.
Ann McClounan and her adult granddaughter were walking back to the car park from the Traralgon Racecourse COVID vaccination clinic on Friday, October 29, when they felt a “swoosh” past them.
“It was really windy, and we heard this swoosh really close to the back of our heads, and this board exploded on the brick wall beside us,” Ms McClounan said.
“We saw a workers ute come down, but by the time we realised what have happened we just saw the back end of him … I don’t think he realised.”
The two women were physically uninjured, however Ms McClounan said it was a near miss.
She said the “hefty” piece of wood was about two centimetres thick and two metres long. It splintered into three pieces upon hitting the wall.
“We wouldn’t have had to worry about getting COVID, because we wouldn’t have been here,” she said.
Ms McClounan urged people to take care when securing their loads.
“Just take that extra time and tie it down … it only takes a little extra time.”
COMMUNITY pages on Facebook are often a great one for uncovering some fabulous stories of the past.
The People of Moe, Newborough and surrounding 3825 area page featured a wonderful post from Les Gunn on a time when Bert Newton stopped at Gunn’s Gully.
To borrow a phrase from Molly Meldrum, do yourself a favour and take a look at the photos on the page.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
THIS from I Hear Tell, Friday, November 15, 1991.
FOR someone who is not that keen on running a local footballer set a record time for the ‘‘mile’’ recently.
He was getting in some pre-season training by jogging on the outskirts of Traralgon where he became aware of a magpie looking for a head to peck.
As it flew towards him, he swooped down to pick up a big brown stick which unfortunately turned out to be a big brown snake.
He breathed a sigh of relief as he hurdled the snake safely and hot-footed it down the road, counting his blessings … that is until the maggie hit him right on top of the head.
STILL ON THE SPORTING THEME
MELBOURNE Storm has made a giant impact across Victoria during its more than two
decades on the national rugby league landscape.
But Storm’s rise coincided with the demise of the former Gippsland Rugby League, which featured clubs at one point in Morwell, Traralgon, Moe/Newborough and Sale.
In some good news for those interested in rugby league, the NRL League Stars program is heading to Morwell. Kicking-off on Friday, November 12, the six-week program is open for all children aged 5-12 years.
For more information, visit www.nrlvic.com/programs and enter 3840 in the search bar.
HARD RUBBISH COLLECTION
LATROBE City is taking bookings now for your hard rubbish collection.
Bookings close on Friday, November 19 at 5pm, with collection to begin on Monday, December 6. Bring your coupons into one of Latrobe City’s libraries or service centre for one of the staff to book you in, or you can call the Council Contact Centre on 1300 367 700 and they will book your collection in.
DID YOU KNOW
Every square inch of the human body has an average of 32 million bacteria on it.
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