Crash survivor tells of waking to news of his friend’s death
IT was a normal Tuesday when Matthew Edwards (pictured) and Casey Stinson boarded a Whitsunday Transit bus bound for Proserpine.
One of them never made it and the other arrived in an ambulance.
At Brandy Creek the bus veered off the road and rolled down an embankment – the friends were among 13 people aboard the bus.
Matthew said he remem- bered that “something went wrong with the bus”.
“The next thing I know everything went black and I woke up in hospital,” he said.
On regaining consciousness Matthew was told his mate, Casey, had not made it.
It has been four weeks since the crash and Matthew is out of hospital and back at home in Proserpine.
IMAGINE waking after a high-speed bus crash to the news the mate you got on the bus with was dead.
That’s exactly what happened to crash survivor Matthew Edwards.
Matt was on the ill-fated Whitsunday Transit bus that left Airlie Beach for Proserpine on Tuesday afternoon three weeks ago.
He got on the bus with his mate, Casey.
“I was sitting right up the back seat and he was sitting two seats in front of me,” he said.
“Something went wrong with the bus, there was a quick jar… the next minute we are all getting chucked around.
“Everything just went black and I woke up in hospital.”
He woke to the news of Casey’s death.
“They didn’t want to tell me straight away because of my head injury. They didn’t want me to freak out.”
Matt said he felt lucky to be alive.
Although the cuts on his left elbow, shoulder and knee are healing well, there is still concern about the head injury.
“I had to have therapy and physio. The therapy was easy because they thought I lost my memory (but)… my memory is pretty good, nothing has changed,” he said.
However, there will be no footy for Matt for some time.
Two weeks ago a group of indigenous lads played in Matthew’s honour at a fundraising touch footy match against the local police.
“It’s great that they did that and I thank them a lot,” he said.
On Monday, Matthew even had the Nike shoes he was wearing in the crash replaced by Ben Malady, of Whitsunday Transit.
Matthew’s stepmother Lorraine Durre said the generosity “restores your faith in human kindness”.
HORRIFIC SCENE: Emergency services on the scene of the bus roll over on Shute Harbour Road. Photo: Peter Carruthers INSET: Matthew Edwards