THE recent wet weather resulted in numerous accidents on our roads this week.
The first had Kenny Deakes’s ute end up in a ditch on Sugarloaf Rd on Friday at 1pm. A car veered on to the wrong side of the road, forcing Mr Deakes to swerve, hit gravel and slide into the ditch.
The second occurred on Shute Harbour Rd, Cannonvale, at noon on Saturday.
A car waiting to turn into Macarthur Dr was rear-ended by an 86-year-old man who failed to avoid the slowing vehicle.
The man was taken to Proserpine Hospital, being released four hours later with multiple bruises.
Nearby operator of Whitsunday Dive Adventures John Bissell was at the scene.
“We heard a crash and came over with a first aid kit to see if we could do anything,” he said.
In the final crash, a ute which was towing rolled into a drainage ditch at the corner of Shute Harbour Rd and Strathdickie Rd, Hamilton Plains, at 1.30pm Sunday.
Proserpine police acting officer-in-charge Sergeant Mark Flynn praised the efforts of bystanders who stopped to help the men, aged 78 and 70.
“They were very lucky that people stopped to help when it first occurred,” he said.
“They were overturned in a drain and were under water.”
Both men were taken to Proserpine Hospital with “water inhalation”.
The pair stayed overnight, being released on Monday.
ROLL OVER: Emergency services at the scene of the accident on the corner of Shute Harbour Rd and Strathdickie Rd.
Paramedics load a man into an ambulance.
Kenny Deakes’s ute.