Three ac­ci­dents over two hours

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

EMER­GENCY ser­vices were kept busy last Thurs­day af­ter three traf­fic ac­ci­dents oc­curred along the Cap­tain Cook High­way in two hours.

It be­gan on last Thurs­day morn­ing around 9am, on the cor­ner of the Cap­tain Cook High­way and Old Port Rd in Craiglie, when a van caught on fire.

The Port Dou­glas fire brigade has com­mended a nearby res­i­dent for his quick think­ing that saved the van from be­ing en­gulfed in flames, af­ter he ran across the road with a fire ex­tin­guisher and put the fire out.

The driver, a 54-year-old Port Doug- las man, was taken to the Moss­man Hos­pi­tal af­ter in­hal­ing some of the dry pow­der from the ex­tin­guisher.

Only 20 min­utes af­ter that ac­ci­dent, in prac­ti­cally the same lo­ca­tion, just across the road, a tanker was in a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent, land­ing in a cul­vert and caus­ing the driver to be taken to hos­pi­tal with mi­nor lower leg in­juries.

Then one hour later at around 10.30am, on Cap­tain Cook High­way north of Port Dou­glas, a car was wait­ing to turn right and was sta­tion­ary, and two cars be­hind it stopped and waited, how­ever, the driver of a fourth ve­hi­cle al­legedly rammed into the third sta­tion­ary ve­hi­cle, caus­ing a three-ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent.

The car turn­ing right re­ceived no dam­age, but the sec­ond, third and fourth all suf­fered vary­ing amounts of dam­age.

All emer­gency ser­vices at­tended and the am­bu­lance took two pa­tients to hos­pi­tal from the crash, one with back pain and the other with chest pain.

Port Dou­glas po­lice could not be con­tacted for a re­sponse, but it is un­der­stood the van fire and three-car crash are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

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