Wild weather cre­ates havoc on the roads

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by Nathan Paull nathan. paull@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

A TEENAGE girl had to be cut from her car af­ter it be­came wedged un­der a truck dur­ing a fright­en­ing crash yes­ter­day.

The three-ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent, also in­volv­ing a mini­van, oc­curred about 9am at the in­ter­sec­tion of Ing­ham Rd and Wool­cock St.

North­ern Re­gion Traf­fic C o - o r d i n a t o r I n s p e c t o r G l e n n D o y l e s a i d t h e woman, 19, was trav­el­ling to­wards Townsville when her car was hit by the mini­van, spark­ing the ma­jor ac­ci­dent.

‘‘ It would ap­pear that a mini-bus ( driver) has failed to see her and has turned and a crash has oc­curred,’’ he said.

‘‘ She has ended up stuck un­der a truck and she was trapped un­der there.’’

Both the woman and the

JAWS OF LIFE: Res­cue work­ers fight to free a teenager from the wreck­age mini-bus driver, a 70-yearold man, were taken to Townsville Hos­pi­tal with non-life threat­en­ing in­juries.

Insp Doyle said po­lice seized the mini-van for a me­chan­i­cal in­spec­tion.

‘‘ We nor­mally do an in­spec­tion un­der those cir­cum­stances,’’ he said.

As of yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, Insp Doyle said no charges had been laid over the ac­ci­dent.

‘‘ We’ll have to look at the cir­cum­stances and speak to cou­ple of other wit­nesses be­fore we take any ac­tion in re­la­tion to ei­ther of the driv­ers.’’

Insp Doyle said while wet weather did not ap­pear to have played a role in the crash, emer­gency, crews were kept busy in other parts of Townsville in wet and wild con­di­tions.

A 23-year-old man was taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crash on the Her­veys Range Rd exit of t h e Ri n g Rd y e s t e r d a y

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