Outback Truckers star Sludge is rushed to hospital with head injuries after a very serious accident
- Outback Truckers star lucky to be alive
Star of the popular reality TV show Outback Truckers Paul ‘Sludge’ Andrews is lucky to be alive after suffering serious head injuries in a motorcycle accident.
The much-loved character is still recovering in hospital 11 days after the crash.
The Perth-based truckie also suffered several broken bones, torn ligaments, bruising and abrasions.
His fiancée Wendy revealed he has a long road to recovery ahead of him in a Facebook on Tuesday night.
‘If Sludge has not replied to your messages it because on Saturday 4th of March he had a very serious motorcycle accident,’ she wrote.
Outback Truckers star Paul ‘Sludge’ Andrews (pictured) is recovering in after a serious accident which left him badly injured
‘He is extremely lucky to be alive.
‘He is still hospitalised but will recover but its is going to be a very slow long recovery and rehab.
‘Be assured I will be taking very good care of him when he is able to come home.
‘He has sustained head injuries amongst several broken bones torn ligament and lots of bruising and abrasions.’
‘It has been a very stressful time but I thought all of you would like to know where he has been and what has happened.’
The post was inundated with messages from well-wishers.
Born and raised in New Zealand, Sludge has been hauling freight across Australia and New Zealand for more than four decades.
He featured on the popular reality TV series Outback Truckers which first screened on 7Mate in 2012.
Sludge’s fiancee Wendy (left) revealed he has a long road to recovery ahead of him
Freighting fuel tanker road trains to mine sites across WA with his signature purple Phantom truck, Mr Andrews featured in season 3 to 7 of the show.
He loves motorbikes as much as he does trucks.
‘Sludge has always loved the adrenaline rush he gets from anything with big horsepower,’ his website states.
‘He races his nitro Harley Davidson at the dirt drags and loves his Honda motorcycles.’
In an interview with Daily Mail Australia last June, he warned the transport sector was being crippled by spiralling costs that could drive smaller operators out of the industry and leave supermarket shelves bare.
‘The cost of freighting stuff is going through the roof because the price of fuel is just going up and up every day,’ he said.
‘And the thing is once fuel goes up all transport costs go up and now parts are much more expensive too.
‘This has to be added on somewhere. That money can’t just disappear. So prices at your local shops are going up and that’s probably going to keep happening and there’s nothing we can do about it.’