Ac­ci­dents abound

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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