Drunk mo­torist pinned un­der car Ve­hi­cle cat­a­pults off Dain­tree cliff

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

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.

Lucky es­cape: the driver was pinned un­der his ve­hi­cle

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