Man left in­jured af­ter car crashes down 25m creek bank

The Queensland Times - - FRONT PAGE - AN­DREW KORNER an­drew.korner@qt.com.au

PO­LICE are try­ing to pin­point the cause of a crash that left a man crit­i­cally in­jured in an Ip­swich creek bed yes­ter­day. The man’s car plunged about 25m off the edge of a bridge.

A 62-YEAR-OLD MAN was se­ri­ously in­jured when his ve­hi­cle plum­meted more than 20m off the side of a bridge yes­ter­day, but res­cuers were amazed he sur­vived the drop.

Po­lice said ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions sug­gested the man’s sedan was trav­el­ling east on the Cen­te­nary High­way at Au­gus­tine Heights when it left the road near the Lloyd Bird Bridge, drop­ping about 25m down a steep em­bank­ment be­fore land­ing near Woog­a­roo Creek.

Emer­gency teams had to park their ve­hi­cles nearby and walk down to the crash site, with fire­fight­ers as­sist­ing paramedics in lift­ing the man on a stretcher to a wait­ing am­bu­lance.

The driver and sole oc­cu­pant of the ve­hi­cle was en­cap­su­lated in the car for some time be­fore Ip­swich fire­fight­ers were able to force a door open and free him.

He was trans­ported to the Princess Alexan­dra Hos­pi­tal in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Ri­p­ley Fire Sta­tion Of­fi­cer Ran­dall Ap­pleby said the ve­hi­cle not only dropped more than 20m, but also came to rest about 40m from the point where it left the road.

“We are sort of scratch­ing our heads as to how he came out of it still con­scious and breath­ing,” Mr Ap­pleby said.

“He had a nasty gash to his fore­head but he was awake and he was talk­ing to us.”

There were ad­di­tional con­cerns the man may have suf­fered some in­ter­nal in­juries.

Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice later con­firmed the man had sus­tained head, chest, pelvic and ab­dom­i­nal in­juries.

The Foren­sic Crash Unit was called in to in­ves­ti­gate.

Po­lice said it was too early to spec­u­late on what may have caused the ac­ci­dent, but in­ves­ti­ga­tors would look at the pos­si­bil­ity of a med­i­cal con­di­tion be­ing in­volved.

It was be­lieved the ve­hi­cle did not brake be­fore leav­ing the road, and po­lice said there did not ap­pear to be any skid marks.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions by the Foren­sic Crash Unit are con­tin­u­ing with po­lice ap­peal­ing for any­one who may have wit­nessed the in­ci­dent, has any rel­e­vant dash cam footage, or saw the black Holden Com­modore in the area be­fore the crash to contact them.

Photo: Dar­ren Hallesy

CRIT­I­CAL: A man was se­ri­ously in­jured af­ter crash­ing his car 25m down an em­bank­ment at Au­gus­tine Heights.

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