Trapped mum and bub saved
By Kate Wilson
MOTORISTS travelling along Round Hill Road, Anges Water, came across a red Mitsubishi Lancer in a storm water drain yesterday morning - only to find the female driver trapped inside, her baby in the back seat and smoke pouring from the bonnet.
The bystanders leapt into action using water bottles and cans of Coke from an esky in their car to put out the fire before it consumed the vehicle.
Agnes Water Police Acting Senior Constable Matthew Plate said the people who stopped to help the crash victim saved her life.
"Some passers-by were the first on the scene and there was still smoke coming from the bonnet," Snr Const Plate said.
"They used water bottles and drinks to put the fire out, just improvising, but it worked."
The 18-year-old driver of the Lancer was trapped in the vehicle for the next two hours as firefighters from Gladstone, Miriam Vale and two rural brigade teams from Agnes Water helped free the woman.
"By the time we arrived the Miriam Vale unit had cut the roof off the vehicle for the ambos to access the patient," Gladstone Fire and Rescue Service Station Officer Barry Maluga said.
"Because the car was sitting in a storm water drain, it was very hard to access the driver's side."
The young woman was flown to Bundaberg Base Hospital in the Energex Community Rescue Helicopter.
"The patient had serious facial, chest and limb injuries - there were multiple fractures," Intensive Care Paramedic Kevin Charteris said.
"She was trapped in the vehicle for two hours, and stabilised by the Agnes Water ambulance officers before she was flown to Bundaberg."
The woman was later transferred to the Royal Brisbane Hospital last night for more treatment.
Her 15-month-old son was also taken to Bundaberg Base Hospital - he sustained minor chest injuries in the accident.