An un­se­cured load dam­ages car

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Inge Hansen inge.hansen@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

DRIV­ING home from Proser­pine to Can­non­vale, James Lang was en­joy­ing the peace­ful jour­ney.

That is, un­til he was all of a sud­den faced with a large metal ob­ject ly­ing on the road.

Mr Lang was be­tween the Gre­gory Can­non Val­ley Road/Shute Har­bour Road in­ter­sec­tion and the Great Whit­sun­day Walk turn-off when he came into con­tact with the ob­ject, which he was un­able to avoid, forc­ing him to drive over it.

“I hit it and pulled over straight away,” he said. “I thought it was a shop­ping trol­ley.”

Tak­ing a look at the ob­ject, Mr Lang said it looked like a tall bag stand which had been se­verely bat­tered and dented in the col­li­sion.

A few hun­dred me­tres ahead was a car which Mr Lang said he had been fol­low­ing.

“I no­ticed the car way in front put their brakes on and turn around,” he said.

“The ve­hi­cle came back and sat op­po­site on the other side of the road and I won­dered why they stopped. I went to ap­proach them and as I did, they took off.”

Mr Lang man­aged to take note of the car, which he said was sim­i­lar to a Toy­ota dual cab with a chrome roll bar over the cab and burnt or­ange or brown in colour.

As a re­sult of the col­li­sion, the front bumper and side pil­lar of Mr Lang’s car was sig­nif­i­cantly dam­aged as well as a punc­ture on the pas­sen­ger side door with a 120mm gash.

Mr Lang said he sim­ply wanted the per­son re­spon­si­ble to con­tact him on 0402 479 483 to ex­change in­sur­ance de­tails.

Whit­sun­day Police said anyone driv­ing with an un­se­cured load could be fined $243.

PHOTO: INGE HANSEN

DAM­AGE DONE: James Lang was less than im­pressed with the dam­age done to his car last week.

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