Fright­en­ing ride

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

ON THE evening of May 18, we were look­ing for­ward to a won­der­ful night out to Audi Palates of Port.

How­ever from the mo­ment we stepped on to the bus, I had reser­va­tions.

The ar­range­ments for times and bus stops seemed to be very un­or­gan­ised, but we laughed it off and said only in Port Dou­glas.

As we started driv­ing from the last pick-up I men­tioned the bus did not feel like there was any air in the tyres.

As we headed down Cap­tain Cook High­way to­wards Mowbray, we then went onto un­sealed road which was very rocky.

The bus driver pulled up and spoke to a man in the dark be­fore turn­ing off his lights and pro­ceed­ing fur­ther along this very rocky dirt road.

With that there was a huge crunch and peo­ple started yelling.

The next thing there was an­other crunch and we were rolling down what we later re­alised was a huge cul­vert with large rocks.

The bus rolled on to its side - I will never for­get the sound.

When we all re­alised what just hap­pened sur­vival mode set in.

We were ly­ing with peo­ple on top of us, water pour­ing in, a strong fuel smell, glass win­dows bro­ken, en­gine still roar­ing, and to top it off in pitch dark­ness.

With the help of the other pas­sen­gers some es­caped out to the top of the bus but we could not get down be­cause of how high we were.

Be­low were all rocks, it was too scary to jump and by now we were con­cerned the bus might catch on fire.

This was a ter­ri­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, one not to be taken lightly and brushed off.

Thank­fully ev­ery­one was able to get out of the bus.

We would like to thank the few staff who were able to come to our as­sis­tance, as I be­lieve the “show must go on". They were very limited as to what they could do.

Fi­nally the sirens sounded with much re­lief as many pas­sen­gers now were very shocked, with cuts, sore necks, sore heads, and later some poor peo­ple were trans­ferred to Cairns with bro­ken col­lar­bones and ribs while oth­ers were taken to Moss­man hospi­tal.

We can­not thank all the won­der­ful emer­gency crews enough, they were ab­so­lutely amaz­ing, and to the most fan­tas­tic lit­tle Moss­man hospi­tal and all the staff who were called back on duty to help us out.

If that had been a bus full of Can­berra politi­cians, you would be given mil­lions of dol­lars, of which you all de­serve.

Some peo­ple may say I am old-fash­ioned and a prude but I have lived a var­ied life and was a pub­li­can and hon­estly have seen a lot of bad be­hav­iour but this was de­mean­ing to fe­males and by a fe­male, which is even worse.

Maybe we need new or­gan­is­ers and a whole new ap­proach to our gor­geous Car­ni­vale.

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