Backpackers’ lucky escape
Serious crash could easily have been multiple fatality
SIX people were lucky to escape what paramedics said could have been a multiple fatality car crash on Saturday night.
Queensland Ambulance Service senior operations supervisor Martin Kelly said a Ford station wagon crashed into a power pole on Bundaberg-Gin Gin Rd at about 8.30pm.
Mr Kelly said, given the state of the car, the travellers were lucky to come out of the mess alive and with only a fractured shoulder.
“The car was so badly damaged, firefighters had to cut one side of the car to pull the occupants of the vehicle out,” he said.
“It could have easily resulted in quite a few deaths.”
Mr Kelly said one patient, a male in his 20s, was transported to Bundaberg Hospital with a fractured shoulder.
The car’s occupants were backpackers, all in their 20s.
They were travelling towards Bundaberg.
Skid marks revealed the vehicle was driving on the left-hand side of the road before losing control and sliding across the opposite side and smashing into a power pole.
The passenger side of the vehicle took most of the impact, trapping the occupants inside the car.
POLE SMASH: Six people were lucky to walk away from this crash on Gin Gin-Bundaberg Rd on Saturday night.
The vehicle contained six backpackers aged in their 20s. Firefighters had to cut the side of the car to free them.