Three accidents over two hours
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.