Queensland truck driver who caused death of bus driver reduces jail time on appeal

A 68-year-old truck driver whose vehicle collided with a bus on a sweeping bend south of Brisbane killing the driver will walk free after a successful appeal against his sentence.

Ronald Trevor Gallaty was handed down a three-year jail sentence last year, but it was to be suspended after he served 12 months.

The Queensland Court of Appeal on Wednesday ordered instead that he receive a three-year prison sentence suspended immediately.

Bus driver Peter Bohlsen died after a tipping trailer attached to Gallaty’s truck veered onto the other side of the road, colliding head-on south of Brisbane on November 17, 2016.

The incident occurred shortly after 9am on a bend on Waterford Tamborine Road at Yarrabilba which has an 80km/h speed limit.


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