Paramedics treated a man trapped inside the van while firemen carefully began removing the front to gain access to the injured person.
Paramedics treated a man trapped inside the van while firemen carefully began removing the front to gain access to the injured person. ROB BARICH

Seven hurt in road chaos

A DRIVER of a van was trapped when his vehicle hurtled into the back of a turning ute on the corner of Maynard and Miller streets yesterday afternoon.

The accident left seven people injured and firefighters needed to use the jaws of life and an angle grinder to free the driver.

Seven people were in the van — five of them children — when they were believed to be heading home from a swim at Norville Pool.

It collided with the tray of the ute, mounted the curb and hit a Maynard Street fence just after 5pm.

“The driver was freed and transported to hospital with fractures to his body, but none life threatening,” Bundaberg Police Sergeant Michael Prickett said.

No children were believed to be suffering serious injuries.

Six ambulances were called to the scene, five of which were used to transport the patients to Bundaberg Hospital.

The single occupant of the ute was Bundaberg Spirit coach Richard Mitchell, who was on his way to football training at Martens Oval.

He was also transported to hospital in a stable condition.

Police had yet to determine the cause of the accident and could not confirm if the driver held his P Plate licence despite the car displaying the plates.

One eye-witness was working outside Across The Waves Sports Club at the time of the crash.

“It’s Richard Mitchell, it’s Richard Mitchell,” he said.

“I’ll have to go out and tell the boys training won’t be on tonight.”

Another witness, who was also out the front of the sports club, recounted the events.

“We saw everything, the noise was terrible and it was pretty frightening. I came out to have a closer look but my mate wasn’t game to come, because it looked pretty bad,” he said.

It wasn’t the first crash of the day on Maynard Street though.

Another witness had just driven past the scene of another collision when the second crash occurred.

“We were driving slowly past that one and then we saw this one in front of us, the van just came flying into the fence,” she said.



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