Teen sur­vivor warns mo­torists

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

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.”

Photo by AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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