Survive the Drive: Former Scone bull rider Jamie Manning ambassador for road safety campaign

LUCKY TO BE ALIVE: Jamie Manning (second from left) says his accident three-and-a-half years ago – which he largely attributes to complacency while driving – has affected Lori, Karen, Jedd and Braydon. Photo: BELINDA SOOLEHE’Slost a leg and a hand, suffered burns to 40 per cent of his body, broken his back and fractured his skull, but former Scone bull riderJamie Manning considers himself one of the lucky ones.

Three-and-a-half years ago Mr Manning was involved in a serious car accident three kilometres from his home. Now he’s one of the ambassadors for a new road safety campaign highlighting the risk taking excuses people make on country roads.

There’s a focus on teenagers taking risks but the father-of-three said he wanted to draw attention to men aged between 30 and 50.

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Mr Manning said complacencyplayed a large role in his accident. He said driving on the same road he had travelled so many times before made iteasy for him to think about what he was going to do when he got home, rather than concentrating on the last leg of the drive.

“I was travelling home from work and had a truck come around the corner. It was a narrow road and I ended up coming off the road and running into a tree. I was trapped in the car and the car caught alight,” Mr Manning said.

After a lot of struggle from neighbours who rushed to the scene, a neighbour managed to pull him from the burning car.

“It was a matter of 90 seconds of getting out of that car that it blew up and was engulfed in flames, that’s how close it was,” he said.

Double amputee Jamie Manning knows importance of paying attention It’s been three-and-a-half years since Jamie Manning was in a serious accident and he says he’s focusing on the positives. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Jamie before the car accident.

Jamie and his wife Karen Milling shorty after his accident.

Karen and Jamie Manning recently rode for 22 days straight to raise money and awareness for Limbs4Life. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

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