Car crashes into ANZ bank

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A 32-YEAR-OLD Proser­pine man was taken to hos­pi­tal with mi­nor in­juries af­ter crash­ing his Toy­ota van into the Proser­pine branch of the ANZ bank last week.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Mark Flynn, from the Proser­pine Po­lice Sta­tion, said the man was driv­ing in a west­erly di­rec­tion down the Proser­pine Main Street when the ac­ci­dent hap­pened at 1.45pm on Thurs­day, July 31.

He said the van crossed to the op­po­site side of the road, col­lid­ing with a gar­den, a park bench, and fi­nally the wall of the ANZ bank. “The park bench was de­stroyed and it left a gap­ing hole in the bank,” he said.

Snr Con­sta­ble Flynn said po­lice were not ini­tially able to speak to the man who was im­me­di­ately con- veyed to hos­pi­tal, while his 40-year-old fe­male pas­sen­ger was treated at the scene.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent said they be­lieved the driver had blacked out and was un­con­scious at the time of the crash.

They said his head hit the steer­ing wheel and was blood­ied as a re­sult.

On­look­ers de­scribed the sound of the crash as the loud­est thing they had ever heard. This week, Of­fi­cer in Charge of the Proser­pine Sta­tion, Sergeant Nathan Blain, con­firmed that for­tu­nately, no pedes­tri­ans or other road users were in­jured in the crash.

Sgt Blain said po­lice were still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause.

SCENE OF THE CRASH: A 32-year-old Proser­pine man was taken to hos­pi­tal with mi­nor in­juries af­ter crash­ing his Toy­ota van into the Proser­pine branch of the ANZ bank last week.

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