Drunk motorist pinned under car Vehicle catapults off Daintree cliff
AN ALLEGED drunk driver was pinned under his vehicle for several hours after losing control and plunging off a steep embankment in the Daintree.
The 25-year-old man from Cairns was driving with three other passengers along Cape Tribulation Road around 1.30am on Sunday when he lost control and rolled several times down the hill before coming to rest against a tree.
It is believed no one was wearing a seatbelt and the driver was thrown through the windscreen and became trapped underneath the vehicle.
One of the passengers were able to free themselves from the vehicle and signal a passing motorist for help as there was no mobile phone reception in the area.
Port Douglas Ambulance Officer-in-Charge Craig Downing described the accident as “severe and complex”.
“His leg was severely cut and we had to get the fire service to use special equipment to raise the car off the ground to free his leg.
“Once we could free him from the vehicle an emergency helicopter transported the man to Cairns. He had a suspected fractured leg with a large soft tissue injury.”
The man remained conscious throughout the rescue and received intensive care management at the scene.
Another man was transported to Mossman hospital with minor injuries and the identity of the other passengers is still unknown.
“It was an extremely dangerous scenario for all us because if the car had flipped while we were trying to move it could have resulted in the death of the trapped person or one of the emergency service officers,” Mr Downing said.
“We strongly urge peo- ple to consider the options before entering a vehicle when they have been drinking alcohol and to make sure they are wearing their seatbelts at all times.
“In an area like Cape Tribulation where there can be reception difficulties it is important to tie something to a tree before leaving the scene to seek help so there is a clear visual when you return to the accident.
“If you need to travel to somewhere to make a phone call with a passing motorist make sure that you change the pedometer in the car and track the distance from the address to the accident.
“We also recommend for them to stay at the scene until the emergency services arrive.”
Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident to come forward or contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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