A Briton who was touring Australia on his backpacking trip has claimed that a stoplight was the only thing that saved him from becoming a victim of Australian serial killer Ivan Milat.
Recently, Colin Powis realized that the man who took him while traveling near Katoomba, New South Wales, in 1982 was the famous killer.
The 57-year-old man was sitting in his living room in Durham, England, when he saw a documentary about the man who murdered seven young backpackers and recognized him instantly.
Briton Colin Powis (pictured) has said he was within seconds of becoming a victim of Australian serial killer Ivan Milat while traveling in Australia.
Powis recently realized that the man who took him while hitchhiking near the city of Katoomba in New South Wales in 1982 was the famous killer Milat (pictured)
Powis, then 21 years old, was trying to reach Cobar, in western New South Wales, to try to find work in the mines when a unit stopped to take him to the A32 motorway.
Powis told The Daily Telegraph that the driver asked, "How long have you been in Australia? Who knows you're here?
"I've been to Australia just a couple of days, I do not know anyone here, but I'm going to Cobar to find a job," he replied.
The driver also asked him to keep his backpack behind the front seat instead of the tray in the back, although when Powis looked at the tray, he could only see a booty and a hammer.
While they were driving on the road, he tried to speak in a low voice, but the driver did not respond.
"I thought he was drugged" because he got into a mood, with a mood so dark and so deep in his thoughts. I was trying to talk to him and I was just thinking about something else.
Mr. Powis (oictured), then 21 years old, was trying to reach Cobar in western New South Australia to try to find work in the mines.
In 1996 Milat was found guilty of murdering seven young backpackers
"I had a strange look on him, you know, with his eyes and dark tan and I said," How long has your family been in Australia? "
He says that the man replied that his father had come from Yugoslavia after the war.
Just outside Bathurst there was an intersection with traffic lights at which point the driver claimed that he was going to take the road in the bush for approximately 60 miles to control the hunting traps.
The driver started walking down the dirt road, but when Mr. Powis refused to follow him, he states that the driver abruptly stepped on the brakes, went out and ran around the back of the car to the passenger door.
Then the lights at the intersection they had driven changed and the cars began to drive towards them, which is when Mr. Powis believes that the man had grabbed the hammer.
"I remember Milat, I was looking over my shoulder at this traffic and looking at me, and looking over my shoulder, looking at me, and I remember the traffic that was going in. It was that traffic that stopped him, hitting me with a hammer, I'm sure of that "says Powis.
Mr. Powis pushed him and ran off down the road.
"Have a good trip, friend," recalls the man shouting behind him.
Mr. Powis went past the man and ran down the road. "Have a good trip, friend," recalls the driver shouting behind him