Three crashes in 24 hours

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY res­i­dent Bernard Woods was re­leased from Townsville Hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day af­ter be­ing in­jured in just one of sev­eral car ac­ci­dents in the Whit­sun­days last week.

Mr Woods, who works at Ray White Whit­sun­day, suf­fered 11 bro­ken ribs when the ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing four ve­hi­cles oc­curred on Shute Har­bour Road be­tween Air­lie Beach and Proser­pine last Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

The crash hap­pened about 3.45pm near the in­ter­sec­tion of Shute Har­bour Road and Jansen Road and was the first of three crashes in just over 24 hours.

A Holden Com­modore sedan, Madza 6 sedan, Nis­san X-Trail and Toy­ota Land­cruiser util­ity all sus­tained dam­age in the crash.

Mr Woods, the driver of the Nis­san, was trapped in­side the ve­hi­cle and had to be freed by the Queens­land Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice.

He was one of three men taken to hos­pi­tal but the oth­ers were re­leased later that day.

Of­fi­cer in Charge of Proser­pine Po­lice, Sergeant Nathan Blain, said ini­tial re­ports in­di­cated one of the ve­hi­cles was turn­ing into Jansen Road.

“It would ap­pear one of the other ve­hi­cles has failed to no­tice the ve­hi­cle turn, crash­ing into it and push­ing it into the path of two on­com­ing cars,” he said.

While emer­gency ser­vices were at­tend­ing this crash, an­other one oc­curred at the in­ter­sec­tion of the Bruce High­way and Proser­pine Main Street.

Sgt Blain said a 65-year-old Midge Point woman and a 33-yearold Cannonvale woman, both driv­ing Holden As­tra sedans, col­lided when one of the ve­hi­cles failed to give way to the other while en­ter­ing the Bruce High­way from the main street.

At 4pm on the fol­low­ing day (Thurs­day), emer­gency ser­vices at­tended a three-ve­hi­cle traf­fic crash on the Bruce High­way at the in­ter­sec­tion of Tay­lor Street in Proser­pine.

A 52-year-old Proser­pine woman was trans­ported to the Proser­pine Hos­pi­tal while the driv­ers of the other ve­hi­cles, a 54-year-old Mudgeer­aba man and a 24-year-old Proser­pine man, were not in­jured in the crash.

Sgt Blain said in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­di­cated the pos­si­bil­ity of inat­ten­tion be­ing a con­tribut­ing fac­tor to the cause of the crash.

CAR CAR­NAGE: Shute Har­bour Road was closed at Mt Mar­low fol­low­ing a four-ve­hi­cle crash last Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

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