Crash scene all too familiar



THE screech of tyres and crash of metal in Avoca yesterday sent a chill through Denise Hodder.

The two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Penny and Byrne streets resulted in five people being taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Both vehicles were badly damaged and one of them smashed into a house fence.

Ms Hodder had seen it all before.

Ms Hodder is a carer for people with a disability and a few years ago her car had been parked in the street when it was smashed by an out-of-control vehicle.

Ms Hodder feared a repeat when she heard yesterday's crash.

"I just heard a car racing along the street and then a loud bang,'' Ms Hodder said.

" I thought, not again.''

Ms Hodder said there had been "three or four'' serious accidents on the corner in the eight years she had worked in the area.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said five people were taken to hospital as a precaution for a range of soft tissue injuries.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service had to remove the passenger side door of the utility to remove one patient.

Ms Hodder is trained in first aid and said she went to the assistance of two youths who had been in one of the cars.

"They all seemed to have minor injuries, the boys seemed more shocked than anything,'' Ms Hodder said.

There was a second serious accident near Bundaberg about 2.30pm yesterday when a man driving to Burnett Heads was involved in a collision with a sugar cane train on Burnett Heads Road.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment for a leg injury and his car was badly damaged.

The road was closed for more than two hours as a heavy lifting crane was called in to shift the train off the road.

There was also some damage to the line.



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