'Miraculous' escape from crash
TWO people were trapped upside-down in their wrecked car, after a horrific crash between a four-wheel drive and sedan, 20km north of Gin Gin yesterday.
The couple, both in their 60s, were fully conscious and hanging by their seatbelts for more than 30 minutes after the smash on a notorious section of the Bruce Highway, just before 11am.
Queensland Fire and Rescue crews from Gin Gin, Wallaville and Bundaberg used the jaws of life to cut the doors off the crumpled four-wheel-drive as it leaned precariously close to an embankment - stopped from rolling only by a gum tree that took the full force of the impact.
Gin Gin Police Acting Sergeant Tim Marrinan described it as “miraculous” that no-one was seriously hurt.
“With the damage to the cars, it's amazing they weren't killed,” Act Sgt Marrinan said.
“I've lost count of the amount of accidents I've been to here, it's at least 30 in the last couple of years.”
He said one of the cars had crossed the centre-lines of the road, and narrowly avoided a head-on collision.
“(The impact) has ripped off the metal of the (sedan) driver's side door,” he said.
The driver of the second vehicle, a 44-year-old woman, suffered a fractured leg and lost consciousness, and was flown to Bundaberg Hospital in the AGL Action Rescue helicopter.
The woman was believed to have been in the process of moving and her vehicle was packed with goods.