Distracted drivers in traffic chaos
DISTRACTED drivers caused havoc across the region yesterday, with a string of minor crashes keeping emergency services on the run.
A motorcyclist was left with suspected fractured ribs after colliding with a car at the intersection of George and Walla streets about midday.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Bundaberg station officer Andrew McCracken said fire crews blocked the road so paramedics could treat the man.
“We helped load him into an ambulance, and cleaned up a minor fuel spill,” Mr McCracken said.
Police were called to a three-car crash near the intersection of Elliott Heads Road and Walker Street just before 2pm.
“One of the drivers was issued with a ticket for failing to give way when merging,” Bundaberg Police Sergeant Steve Schultz said.
About two hours later, police also responded to a two-car crash on Hinkler Avenue. There were no injuries reported in either crash.
At Childers about 11am, a Suzuki APV hurtled across the Bruce Highway, became airborne and rolled to a stop 50m into a paddock.
The 87-year-old driver had driven down the Conlons Road hill and lost control, crossing the highway without stopping.
Childers Police officer in charge Sergeant Geoff Fay said it was a miracle no collision occurred.
“All sorts of vehicles are on the highway at that time of the day,” he said. "How he got across there without hitting someone is almost beyond belief.”
QAS Childers transported the driver to the Childers Hospital with a suspected leg injury.