Three crashes in 24 hours
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.