Din­ers brush off crash

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

NOT even the bus rolling over could stop some guests at­tend­ing the Audi Palates of Port last Fri­day night from dust­ing them­selves off and en­joy­ing the Car­ni­vale fea­ture event.

Last Fri­day night around 7pm the Sun Palm trans­fer bus car­ry­ing 28 peo­ple, in­clud­ing the bus driver, crashed into an ad­ja­cent creek on Con­nolly Rd while on the way to Flames of the For­est in Mowbray Val­ley.

Five am­bu­lance crews at­tended the scene to treat the in­jured pas­sen­gers.

Port Dou­glas am­bu­lance Of­fi­cer-in-charge Craig Down­ing was the first on the scene and said they in­sti­gated a mass ca­su­alty plan to de­ter­mine how many peo­ple were in­jured.

“Once we were able to de­ter­mine how many ac­tual pa­tients we had we were able to scale back the mass ca­su­alty plan and trans­ported pa­tients to Moss­man and Cairns,” he said.

“In the end we were very for­tu­nate they did not have any­one with any ma­jor or se­ri­ous in­juries - there were closed-head in­juries and frac­tures.”

A hand­ful of pas­sen­gers de­cided they needed a stiff drink and walked them­selves to Flames of the For­est to en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties.

Eight pa­tients were trans­ferred to hospi­tal and once the emer­gency ser­vices had fin­ished, three peo­ple chose to go home, while 16 peo­ple re­fused to let the in­ci­dent ruin their night, ac­cord­ing to Flames of the For­est’s Natalie John­son.

“Some pas­sen­gers on the bus did go in to the event and had a fan­tas­tic time, the event was sold out and we ended up with around 140 peo­ple,” she said.

“We spoke per­son­ally to ev­ery­one in­volved and ev­ery­body’s still wait­ing for the po­lice re­port, which will come when it comes.

“Other than that, we spoke to the chefs work­ing there and they had a re­ally great time, it’s a nice thing that eight dif­fer­ent chefs in Port com­ing to­gether to cre­ate a spec­tac­u­lar menu.”

Car­ni­vale or­gan­is­ers thanked ev­ery­one who helped at the scene and af­ter­wards, in­clud­ing the Flames of the For­est and Sun Palm Trans­port and are wait­ing for the con­clu­sion of the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Quick re­sponse: emer­gency ser­vices rushed to the scene

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