Flipping lucky escape
A WOMAN was injured when her car flipped after colliding with another vehicle on Maynard Street yesterday.
The small Daewoo Matiz was tossed onto its roof by the force of the impact, coming to rest just metres from a power pole.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said the woman was taken to Bundaberg Hospital suffering non-life threatening injuries.
Maynard Street resident Corie Taylor said the smash was one of many he had seen along the busy road.
“It’s a dangerous intersection,” Mr Taylor said.
“They need to fix this road before someone dies.”
Mr Taylor said the Bundaberg Regional Council was approached more than a year ago by residents asking for the road to be widened but no works had been done.
“They should at least put in a roundabout to slow people down,” he said.
“There will be another accident there before Christmas — there is one or two crashes there a month.”
Rural firefighter Ben Bowden was staying at a nearby home when he heard the commotion caused by the collision.
“It’s the second one on this road that I’ve seen in two weeks,” Mr Bowden said.
“(The driver) is very lucky she was not badly hurt.”
Bundaberg Police Sergeant Steve Schultz said the two-car crash happened just before 11am near the intersection of Maynard and Faldt streets.
“Both vehicles were travelling west, and one of them slowed down to turn right,” Sgt Schultz said.
The road was closed in both directions for a short time, with traffic diverted through Stedman Street.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Bundaberg left a training exercise to attend the scene, just after 11am.
After ensuring the scene was safe, station officer Glenn Gifford said the fire-fighters helped to mop up oil that had spilled onto the road.
Bundaberg Region Councillor Wayne Honor said engineers would examine a list of reported accidents on the street.
“Council is aware of issues relating to difficulty in accessing Maynard Street from side streets, particularly during peak periods,” Cr Honor said.
He said he was aware of previous complaints made, but did not know of any recent accidents in the street other than yesterday’s crash.
“It is quite narrow and it does get busy, but it will be tricky to create passing lanes, so council engineers are looking at the issue,” he said.