Big rigs salute lost truckies

HUNDREDS of truckies have made their annual pilgrimage to remember those lost on the roads as part of the annual Lights on the Hill convoy.

Scores of supporters lined the Warrego Hwy as one leg of the convoy made its way from Archerfield to the Gatton Showgrounds, waving Australian flags and holding signs such as “Everybody Needs a Truckie”.

The other convoy made its way down the hill from Toowoomba.

As the trucks rolled towards the showgrounds for a day of celebrations, a symphony of horns heralded their progress.

The event, which attracts drivers from all over Australia, was postponed six months out of respect for people affected by January’s floods.

Founder Kathy White said in addition, a percentage of funds raised this year would go towards flood victims.

Among those taking part in the day yesterday was Blacksoil resident Deanna Voigt.

The mother of four said it was a cause she firmly believed in, with husband of 28 years Kerry having spent more than two decades driving trucks.

Mrs Voigt said the day united people involved in the industry.

“The transport industry is a mateship thing,” Mrs Voigt said.

“We are one big family.

“We all have the same problems and concerns.

“To me Lights on the Hill is more like Anzac Day for us.”

While her husband now drives trucks locally, she said for many years he had driven across the country on long haul trips, away for weeks on end.

“I used to worry all the time,” Mrs Voigt said. “Not quite so much now with mobile phones.

“But before we had them it would sometimes be weeks before I heard from him.

“I would hear on the radio or TV about an accident and know he was in the area and my heart would stop.”

Lights on the Hill

Lights on the Hill is a memorial to truck, rig and coach drivers who have passed away while driving in Australia.

Kathy White founded Lights on the Hill in 2004 after losing friends in the trucking industry on the roads.

A memorial wall listing those who have lost their lives is based at Lake Apex Park on Gatton’s outskirts.

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