Coal miners: Made of tough stuff

DRIVING to work yesterday, Cessnock coal miner Michael Thompson saw a truck driver slumped over the wheel of his swerving semitrailer and as instinct kicked in, he sped past the moving truck and pulled to a stop ahead of it before jumping onto the heavy vehicle and pulling the brake.

Staff Reporter

Thompson then called the ambulance but didn't tell officers his name, and went to work as usual yesterday, a colleague told theage.com.au.

Thompson has been hailed a hero for saving the life of the middle-aged, diabetic truck driver who had fallen unconscious because of low blood-sugar levels.

The local pub in Bellbird was buzzing yesterday with the news of the rescue, with locals joking that Thompson should have been fined for not having a truck licence.

The truck driver was treated at the scene and is now recovering in Cessnock Hospital, where his condition is said to be improving, theage.com.au reported.

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