Back­pack­ers’ lucky es­cape

Se­ri­ous crash could easily have been multiple fa­tal­ity

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By ASH­LEY CLARK

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.

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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.

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