CARPENTER Paul Dawson could do little but stand and watch as a runaway truck barrelled down a suburban street hitting two parked cars before ultimately smashing into his ute and trailer.

Moments before the semi-trailer truck raced down Parkview Dr in Glenvale about 10.20am yesterday, Mr Dawson heard a shout from another worker.

"We were just working away and heard one of the blokes from (up the road) yell to watch out," Mr Dawson said.

"Then next thing down comes a truck and it slams into my ute and trailer.

A runaway semi-trailer comes to a stop against a tradie's ute.
A runaway semi-trailer comes to a stop against a tradie's ute. Nev Madsen

"It moved the lot about three metres."

The self-employed contractor said he guessed his ute had been written-off as a result of the incident.

"As far as I can tell - I'm not an assessor or anything - but the ute is probably written off," he said.

"The trailer probably only had a couple of hundred dollars damage to it."

He estimated the damage to be about $24,000.

Despite the potentially expensive damage bill and the fact Christmas was less than a fortnight away, Mr Dawson said he was still positive.

"What else can you do?" he said.


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