Tourist re­mains crit­i­cal af­ter Oak Beach head-on

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A BRI­TISH tourist re­mains in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion fol­low­ing a head-on col­li­sion with a truck just north of Oak Beach last Thurs­day.

The 48-year-old man and his wife were trav­el­ling south in their Toy­ota Camry when they were hit head-on by an Isuzu truck which veered onto the wrong side of the road just north of the Thala Beach Lodge en­trance.

Res­cue crews had to cut the cou­ple free from their ve­hi­cle, with the man who was driv­ing air­lifted to Cairns Base Hos­pi­tal suf­fer­ing life-threat­en­ing in­juries while his wife es­caped with a frac­tured arm, cuts and abra­sions.

A foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion of the crash site by po­lice re­vealed that the truck had gone off the road into the dirt on the left hand side and then over­cor- rected back onto the road, over the cen­tre line and into the path of the on­com­ing car.

The driver of the Toy­ota took eva­sive ac­tion but was un­able to avoid the truck.

Po­lice have ap­pealed to any­one who was a wit­ness to the ac­ci­dent to call Sgt John Fis­cher at the Cairns Traf­fic Branch on 4044 8805 or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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