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Ambulance officers say ‘Bundy drivers don’t get it’

BUNDABERG emergency services are pleading with motorists to slow down and take care after a weekend of car crashes.

Queensland Ambulance Service acting senior operations supervisor Cameron Anderson said the weekend alone saw up to five separate road incidents in the region that could have easily resulted in tragedy.

IT has been a particularly bad weekend on our roads," he said.

"Paramedics are concerned that people aren't getting the message to drive with caution and safety in mind."

Mr Anderson said now was a particularly crucial time for drivers to re-think their actions on the road after last weekend's fatal crash in Welcome Creek that resulted in the death of a mother and father.

Steven and Caroline Hutchinson, both aged 37, died last Saturday after their out-of-control car travelled from the right to the left side of Gooburrum Rd before rolling.

The couple's two sons, aged five and 17, were also in the car but escaped with minor injuries while a 15-year-old girl, believed to be the girlfriend of the 17-year-old son, was flown to Brisbane in a stable condition.

"We don't want to ever have to go out to something like that, it is absolutely heartbreaking," he said.

"We are again appealing to all road users to slow down, take care and be mindful of the fatal five while driving."

The string of crashes that both paramedics and police officers attended at the weekend began on Friday night, after a car smashed into a Bargara home.

A local woman told the NewsMail she was just about to jump into the warm comfort of her bed when a car smashed into her bedroom wall at about 11.45pm at her Bay Crt home.

The quiet suburban area of Bay Court, Bargara was awoken to the loud noise of a vehicle crashing into a home.

The force of the impact meant the rear of the car hit the top of the roof.

Kath, who wishes to only be identified by her first name, said she and her partner were awake, and in the main bedroom, when a Mazda sedan driven by a 39-year-old woman crashed into their home.

"All we heard was the initial impact on the front fence and then the actual big crash into the house," she said.

"My partner went outside and yelled 'there's a car in our front yard'.

"I panicked and went outside and there were people everywhere."

Kath said her first instinct was to rush to nearby onlookers and ask about the welfare of the occupants of the car.

"I just wanted to make sure the person in the car was okay," she said.

Kath said the impact of the crash had seen the wall on the spare bedroom damaged to the extent where the "bricks have been separated about a good four inches".

"It's exposed the inside of all the cyclone proofing you can see.

"The wall to our bedroom has a huge impact mark."

Kath said the owner of the home, real estate agent and insurance company had all been notified.

Having only moved into the rental home three weeks ago, Kath may have to find somewhere else to live.

"We're not a 100% sure at this stage. Not until it get assessed by engineers," she said.

"All our neighbours have said this sort of thing doesn't happen on a regular basis."

The driver of the vehicle was assessed by paramedics on scene before being taken to Bundaberg Hospital.

She suffered minor injuries.



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