Michelle Miller, a bystander to a crash who helped out before paramedics arrived.
Michelle Miller, a bystander to a crash who helped out before paramedics arrived.

Hero rescues a special needs woman plus her father.

A WOMAN who helped a special needs woman and her father in a serious crash says she acted on instinct.

Two cars collided at the intersection of Dalrymple and Shaw roads last Sunday.

Rhonda Thomson's husband and daughter were injured in the crash and a woman heroically assisted them while emergency services converged on the scene.

Ms Thomson appealed for the woman to come forward so she could thank her.

Today The Bulletin can reveal that woman was Michelle Miller.

She was one of the first people at the scene and didn't see what led to the crash but did witness the impact.

"It was terrible what happened and the extent of the injuries," Ms Miller said.

"We were about 100m from the intersection and stopped to put the hazard lights on.

"As I got out there was another lady ringing emergency services."

Ms Miller said she acted out of instinct, knowing there was someone likely to be hurt.

She passed a car which had screaming children inside but soon realised the occupants of the other car needed immediate help

A man lay unconscious at the wheel and his daughter Tracey Thomson was also injured.

"I stayed with Tracey until emergency services turned up.

"I was basically talking to her and we rang her mother a couple of times.

"She said she was sore and I explained emergency services were there and kept her updated as to what was going on."

Ms Miller met with Tracey at Townsville Hospital on Friday and they recognised each other straight away.

"We had a good chat and she's going to be on the mend.'"

The man remains in a serious condition in hospital - every rib on right side was broken, his chest was crushed, he has a collapsed lung, three broken vertebra and his pelvis was crushed.

Townsville Hospital confirmed Mrs Thomson's husband had worsened to critical but stable after being declared serious but stable on last Sunday.

Forensic Crash Unit acting Sergeant Rick North said no charges had been laid over the crash.

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