Tourist in­jured in head-on crash

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A 27-YEAR-OLD Swiss tourist was air­lifted from Proser­pine to Mackay Base Hospi­tal af­ter suf­fer­ing ab­dom­i­nal in­juries in a head-on col­li­sion at Strathdickie last Wed­nes­day night.

Sergeant Rus­sell Lewis from the Proser­pine Po­lice Sta­tion said two ve­hi­cles col­lided at the in­ter­sec­tion of Gre­gory Can­non Val­ley and Simp­son Road at about 8.10pm.

The driver of one of the cars, a Toy­ota Landcruiser, was a 22-year-old from Hy­de­away Bay.

In the other car, a Toy­ota Corolla, were two men from Switzer­land, aged 27 and 23.

The 27-year-old pas­sen­ger suf­fered ab­dom­i­nal in­juries, pre­sumed to be from his seat­belt.

He was taken to Proser­pine Hospi­tal and trans­ferred to Mackay by the RACQ-CQ Res­cue he­li­copter the fol­low­ing day, for fur­ther ob­ser­va­tion and treat­ment.

The 23-year-old Swiss driver ap­peared in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day charged with driv­ing with­out due care and at­ten­tion.

Luca An­drea Ton­delli said he was driv­ing to­wards Air­lie Beach when he saw what ap­peared to be a crashed ve­hi­cle by the side of the road.

He did a U-turn to of­fer as­sis­tance but found the car had been there for quite some time.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Cas­sells said when he recom­menced driv­ing to­wards Air­lie Beach, Ton­delli was on the wrong side of the road.

She said he told po­lice he for­got the road rules.

In court on Mon­day, Ton­delli said his friend was re­cov­er­ing af­ter surgery and was ex­pected to leave the hospi­tal within days.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist said he was lucky the sit­u­a­tion hadn’t been worse.

He fined Ton­delli $220, “tak­ing into ac­count ev­ery­thing else that you’ve been through”.

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