Family in miraculous escape

A HOLIDAY fishing trip nearly took a tragic turn for Bundaberg father Thomas Cummings and his two sons, after their vehicle was involved in a collision with a semi-trailer.

The crash occurred about 1.45pm yesterday at the intersection of Bundaberg Port and Springhill roads in Qunaba, as Mr Cummings and his boys were heading home after a day on the water.

The four-wheel drive was towing a boat in a trailer, which was sent flying and landed in a nearby field as the vehicle swung around during the impact.

A street sign and wooden bollard were also knocked to the ground during the terrifying ordeal, which left black tyre-marks stretching back through the intersection.

“It was horrific,” Mr Cummings said.

“It happened so quickly.”

The crash victim had taken a couple of days off during the school holidays to take his children fishing.

Fortunately, no-one was seriously injured although one of the boys reported minor abdominal pain.

“I don't know how we ended up like that,” Mr Cummings said, gesturing to his wrecked vehicle.

“I'm so glad the kids are alright.”

Queensland Fire and Rescue Bundaberg station officer Glenn Gifford said the four-wheel drive received significant damage to the front and side.

“The windscreen was shattered and all along the side was crunched off,” Mr Gifford said.

“He's lucky the truck didn't go over the top of the car, especially with the two boys with him.”

The truck received minor damage in the incident, while the bottom of the boat scraped along the roadside.

“The boat leaked a small amount of fuel onto the road, but it was quickly fixed,” Bundaberg Police Sergeant Graham Bubb said.

He said the cause of the accident was being investigated.

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