Even more miraculous was that the Bendigo-based businessman’s only injuries were a scolded thumb and a decent bruise on the right side of this back. His five-day-old Mercedes-Benz Sprinter LWB, unfortunately, was a right- off. Suffice to say, he’s lucky to be alive.
“I was travelling back from Melbourne with around 100 cases of alcohol in the back when a car lost control and crossed over the double-lane freeway – and the 30-odd metres of grass in between – and headed at me sideways,” said Hosking.
“I hit it at 110km/h, collecting the back passenger door and spun it into a ditch. There was a flash of smoke – which turned out to be the airbag – and I then limped the Sprinter to the side of road, before checking that the passengers in the car were okay. The Mercedes? The entire front-end was pretty much demolished. What’s more, it the first trip I’d made in the vehicle.”
“Initially, I wasn’t sure about the cost of the Sprinter,” Hosking said. “Given there are lots of cheaper vans on the market. But a franchisee in our group has a Mercedes and spoke so highly of it, I thought I’d give one a go.
“The other thing that influenced my decision was the brand’s reputation when it comes to safety. So it turned out to be the right decision. From my limited time in the van, it was very spacious and comfortable to drive, I have to say.”