Hoax call wastes valuable time
EMERGENCY services are fuming after a suspected hoax call meant they were up to 10 minutes late to a real crash, where a woman was trapped in her wrecked vehicle.
Just after 11am yesterday, a triple-zero call alerted Childers police, ambulance and firefighters to a single-vehicle crash on the Isis Highway.
Crews were also sent out from Bundaberg as the caller claimed not to know the exact location, saying only that it was between Bundaberg and Childers.
But after scouring the area with no sign of a smash, emergency services workers realised they may have been duped, and headed for home.
The crew from Queensland Fire and Rescue Bundaberg was still on the highway when a call came in that there had been a two-vehicle crash on Bargara Road, Kalkie.
Six people were hurt, including a woman driver who was trapped in her crushed car.
“If we’d been at the (Bundaberg) station, it would have been a six- or seven-minute response time, but because we were so far out, it was another 10-minute delay,” station officer Andrew McCracken said.
“It’s blatant stupidity that could have cost a life.”
He said every minute was precious in an emergency, and it was sheer luck that the woman’s condition was not worse.
“The lady was entrapped and the ambos needed us to remove the side of the vehicle so they could treat her,” Mr McCracken said.
Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics treated six patients at the scene of the crash at the intersection of Bundaberg-Bargara Road and Zielke Avenue about 11.45am.
Kalkie State School parent Robert Wiltshire was working across the road from the crash scene at Kalkie Auto when he and other workers heard a bang.
“We went running over,” Mr Wiltshire said.
“We got into the four-wheel drive and my friend got in the other side and kicked the window out because the driver couldn’t get out and she was just frozen.”
A 35-year-old woman was treated for a chest injury, a four-year-old girl suffered a seatbelt injury and a seven-year-old boy had abdominal injuries.
Three other patients suffered minor injuries. All six patients were transported to Bundaberg Base Hospital.