Teen lat­est ca­su­alty on hor­ror high­way stretch

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

AN 18-YEAR-OLD Moss­man man was air­lifted to Cairns Base Hos­pi­tal with in­ter­nal in­juries af­ter he lost con­trol of his ve­hi­cle, hit a con­crete cul­vert and rolled sev­eral times be­fore it land­ing on the roof in the mid­dle of the Cap­tain Cook High­way.

The man was trav­el­ling north along the high­way and for un­known rea­sons lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle at 5pm on Sun­day, just one kilo­me­tre north of the Port Dou­glas turn-off.

Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions sug­gest that the car ran off the road, hit a con­crete cul­vert and rolled through a gully be­fore trav­el­ling back onto the road- way and land­ing on its roof.

Emer­gency ser­vices from Port Dou­glas and Moss­man rushed to save the man who was trapped in the up­side-down ve­hi­cle.

Port Dou­glas aux­il­iary cap­tain Louie Leonie said fire­fight­ers freed the oc­cu­pant from the ve­hi­cle us­ing the jaws-of-life.

“It took us up to half-an-hour to dis­en­tan­gle the driver,” he said.

“The car had landed onto its roof so we have very lit­tle room to work and the oc­cu­pant was well trapped in­side the ve­hi­cle.”

The man sus­tained in­ter­nal in­juries and was air­lifted to Cairns Base Hos­pi­tal in a Queens­land Res­cue He­li­copter with non life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

Lo­cal po­lice said the man was “lucky to be alive”.

Moss­man Of­fi­cer-in-Charge Sergeant Ed Lukin said the Forensic Crash Unit is cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause at the ac­ci­dent.

“We were able to di­vert traf­fic on an off-road track around the scene while emer­gency ser­vices at­tended the man,” he said.

Po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the ac­ci­dent and are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses to con­tact the po­lice sta­tion on 4087 1999 or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

the ac­ci­dent scene on Sun­day

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