Tradie stops in front of blacked-out truck driver to prevent motorway crash

Video shows a truck on the motorway as it hits a barrier and drives into a lighting pole.

A Waikato tradie has been labelled a hero after pulling in front of a blacked-out truck driver who was swerving across an Auckland motorway, preventing a larger crash.

Concrete cutter and driller Kurt Patten sped up and passed the driver, pulled in front of him, put his brakes on and waited for the truck to crash into the back of him, which it did.

The man, who was driving a JFC Contracting truck, was unconscious behind the wheel.

Custom Concrete Cutters spokesperson Tracey Cathcart said the crash took place near the Drury offramp of Auckland’s Southern Motorway on Friday morning.

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“[Kurt] kept apologising, he’s only been with us for about three to four weeks. We were like, ‘Hey mate, it’s fine, you did a really good thing,'” she said.

Patten, who did not wish to be interviewed, told Cathcart his thoughts were racing.

“He was watching it happen and was like, ‘I can’t just let this guy carry on driving like that.’ He then sped up, passed him and put the brakes on, waiting for the guy to hit him,” she said.

Tradie Kurt Patten stopped in front of an unconscious truck driver on Friday.

Kurt Patten/Supplied Tradie Kurt Patten stopped in front of an unconscious truck driver on Friday.

“It was a Friday morning.

God, [a crash] would have stopped traffic.”

Cathcart said Patten was a quality worker.

“He does his paperwork really, really well, he always arrives on time and he likes to have as much information as possible. He’s a good worker.”

Police said no-one was injured in the incident.

A Custom Concrete Cutters spokesperson said the company was “incredibly proud” of Patten.

“He put himself in harm’s way to prevent something that could have gone terribly wrong. Awesome work Kurt.”

JFC Contracting was approached for comment.

Police said no-one was injured in the incident.

Kurt Patten/Supplied

Police said no-one was injured in the incident.