Teen survivor warns motorists
THE young driver who survived a horrific car crash on the Captain Cook Highway at 5pm last Sunday said “I don’t know how I came out of it alive”.
Trent Gimbert, 18, from Mossman, was airlifted to Cairns Base Hospital after he lost control of his vehicle, hit a concrete culvert and rolled several times before landing on the roof in the middle of the highway.
Mr Gimbert claims he took his eyes off the road for a split second before the crash, just one kilometre north of the Port Douglas turn-off.
“I was coming home from Port Douglas and just lost control of the vehicle,” Mr Gimbert said.
“I wasn’t looking at my mobile phone or anything, I just took my eyes off the road for a split second then before I knew it I was off the road and hit the concrete culvert.
“It happened so quickly then I looked around and I was on my roof.”
According to Mr Gimbert, many locals stopped to help him.
“A woman helped me, she contacted the ambulance and my mum,” Mr Gimbert said.
“I would like to thank everyone who helped during this time and especially the auxiliary officer who cut me out of the car.”
Emergency services were amazed that he survived the crash with minor injuries.
Port Douglas Officer-in-Charge Sergeant Damian Meadows said it could have been a fatal accident.
“When emergency services arrived at the scene they were expecting the worst.
“This was a classic indication of how important it is to pay attention and take care when driving.”
Mr Gimbert received bruising to the chest and cuts to his arm. He was airlifted to Cairns Base Hospital with suspected internal injuries.
“I am very lucky to have come out as good as I did,” he said.
“I would urge all drivers to keep your eyes on the road at all times. “I saw the car for the first time this week and I don’t know how I came out of it alive. I was lucky.”