‘Baby steps’ af­ter crash

Biggen­den res­i­dents still re­cov­er­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

FOR two Biggen­den women, it is baby steps as they slowly re­cover in a Bund­aberg Hospi­tal af­ter a car crash on the Isis High­way.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred on April 6 near the in­ter­sec­tion of Sec­combe Rd and Blue­bell Rd on the Isis Hwy, in­volv­ing a num­ber of ve­hi­cles

Val Manson and her daugh­ter Yvonne Webb were

❝ For the present we will take each day as it comes with baby steps. — Val Manson

air­lifted to Bund­aberg Base Hospi­tal while Earl McMeekin and Jack Trevaskis, also of Biggen­den, were taken to the same hospi­tal by road.

Mrs Manson had bro­ken ribs and sig­nif­i­cant bruis­ing while Mrs Webb suf­fered a bro­ken ster­num, punc­tured lung, bro­ken ribs and wounds to her stom­ach.

Mrs Manson said she took her first steps late last week with a walk­ing ma­chine.

“We’re trav­el­ling very slowly,” she said.

Now in the same room but op­po­site each other, Mrs Manson said they were both able to do lit­tle things for them­selves.

“There is talk we could go back to Biggen­den but un­for­tu­nately there isn’t a phys­io­ther­a­pist,” she said.

“So for the time be­ing we are just ly­ing here in limbo.

“For the present we will take each day as it comes with baby steps.”

Mrs Webb only moved to Biggen­den at Christ­mas time to help her mother.

In the other ve­hi­cle Earl McMeekin re­ceived a badly bruised an­kle and head trauma.

“I’m hob­bling along and get­ting there slowly,” he said.

Pas­sen­ger in his car, Mr Trevaskis suf­fered a bro­ken col­lar bone, three bro­ken ribs and bruis­ing to his body.

He was dis­charged the same night as the ac­ci­dent and spent the night in the Red Cross rooms next to the hospi­tal.

Of­fi­cer in charge of Biggen­den Po­lice Sergeant Colin Cham­bers said at the time the crash was a timely re­minder for driv­ers to pay at­ten­tion and ob­serve road rules and drive to the con­di­tions of the road.

“It was for­tu­nate there wasn’t a fa­tal­ity,” he said.

Mary­bor­ough Foren­sics Unit is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ac­ci­dent.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CRASH SITE: The scene of the ac­ci­dent on the Isis Hwy near Biggen­den where four peo­ple were in­jured. Biggen­den res­i­dents Val Manson and her daugh­ter Yvonne Webb are still re­cov­er­ing in hospi­tal.

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