Teen latest casualty on horror highway stretch
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