Fam­ily cut from wreck

Po­lice plea for safer drivers

The Chronicle - - News - TARA MIKO tara.miko@thechron­i­cle.com.au

A MAN who was among the first on the scene of a hor­rific sin­gle-ve­hi­cle rollover has re­called the mo­ment he and an­other man pulled an in­jured woman from the wreck­age.

Gur­deep Saroa had been driv­ing on the Dray­ton Con­nec­tion Rd at Cam­booya about 7pm on Thurs­day when he saw a white mini-van over­take a ute and roll a num­ber of times, land­ing about 60m from the bi­tu­men in a pad­dock.

Di­alling 000 as he jumped out to help at the scene, Mr Saroa and an­other by­stander smashed the wind­screen with a wooden post to free the fe­male front pas­sen­ger.

The pair was un­able to free the in­jured male driver, pinned in­side the ve­hi­cle.

Af­ter get­ting the woman out, Mr Saroa - who was still on the phone with emer­gency ser­vices - worked with the other man to try and get ac­cess to the two teenagers in the rear seats.

The in­cred­i­ble res­cue ef­fort lasted 11 min­utes - as long as it took for Queens­land Am­bu­lance and Queens­land Fire and Res­cue to ar­rive on scene.

“I could smell the smok­ing wires,” Mr Saroa said.

“It’s lucky it didn’t catch fire. “It was lucky we were there (driv­ing on the road) oth­er­wise other peo­ple may not have re­alised what had hap­pened.”

The male driver was air­lifted in a se­ri­ous but sta­ble con­di­tion from the scene near the in­ter­sec­tion of the Dray­ton Con­nec­tion Rd and the New Eng­land High­way.

His fe­male pas­sen­ger and two teenagers were taken by am­bu­lance to Toowoomba Hos­pi­tal with var­i­ous in­juries.

It is be­lieved the four were from the same fam­ily.

The crash is the lat­est in a se­ries of se­ri­ous, and fa­tal, traf­fic in­ci­dents since last month.

Road Polic­ing Unit Of­fi­cerin-Charge Bren­dan Hard­ing of the 11 fa­tal crashes in the Dar­ling Downs dis­trict since April, eight had been sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crashes.

“Inat­ten­tion is a con­sis­tent fac­tor to crashes that we’re hav­ing within this dis­trict,” Act­ing Se­nior-Sergeant Hard­ing said.

“We’ve had a sub­stan­tial in­crease in the num­ber of ve­hi­cles us­ing the road net­work now, and part of that is to just be pa­tient.

“At this point in time, we are start­ing to move into a high­pri­or­ity pe­riod so let’s get it straight in our heads.”

He urged all drivers to re­mem­ber the Fa­tal Five, and to al­ways drive to the con­di­tions.

The Cam­booya crash re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Photo: Gur­deep Saroa/RACQ LifeF­light

SHOCK­ING SCENE: Po­lice are urg­ing all mo­torists to take care on the roads af­ter four peo­ple - in­clud­ing two teenagers - were freed from a badly-dam­aged sedan on the Dray­ton Con­nec­tion Rd at Cam­booya on Thurs­day night.

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