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Gippsland bus crash victim receives hefty settlement

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A Traralgon man who was lucky to survive a horrific 2008 collision between a bus and a truck has received a six-figure settlement.

Nathan Marriot was 19 when the bus he was travelling home from work on hit the semi trailer on the Princes Hwy between Morwell and Traralgon four years ago.

Nathan was trapped in the bus for three hours before he was cut from the wreckage and rushed by helicopter to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with life-threatening injuries to his head and legs. 

Nathan’s affidavit spells out his long and arduous journey to recovery, including numerous operations, and how he had to abandon his dream of becoming a builder due to the extent of his injuries.

Now 23, Nathan is planning to buy a house after the Transport Accident Commission recently settled a common law damages claim he brought against the driver who caused the accident.

Slater and Gordon motor vehicle accident lawyer Rod Matthews said the settlement would compensate Nathan for pain and suffering and loss of earnings.

“This has been a mammoth setback for a young man at the start of his adult life,” Mr Matthews said.

“Nathan’s life has been severely impacted by his injuries but hopefully this settlement will go a long way towards restoring some normality to his life,” Mr Matthews said.

While he still feels pain in his legs, walks with a limp and bares facial and leg scarring from the ordeal, Nathan said he was happy to be able to put the accident behind him.

“Since the crash I’ve been to hell and back but now I’m just looking forward to getting on with my life, buying a house and settling down,’’ Nathan said.

He is now trying to find a job as a truck driver.