Nine­teen in­jured af­ter a pickup truck slams into cafe in north Australia

The China Post - - GUIDE POST -

Nine­teen peo­ple were hurt af­ter a pickup truck smashed into a cafe in north­ern Australia on Tues­day, spark­ing a fire that en­gulfed the build­ing, po­lice said.

Of­fi­cials were try­ing to fig­ure out what caused the driver to veer off the road and into the Serves You Right Cafe in Raven­shoe, south of Cairns in Queens­land state. The crash caused a gas bot­tle at the cafe to ex­plode, set­ting off a fire, Queens­land po­lice spokesman Todd Saun­ders said.

Three peo­ple suf­fer­ing se­ri­ous in­juries were air­lifted to a hos­pi­tal in Cairns, Saun­ders said. The oth­ers were be­ing treated at lo­cal hos­pi­tals. The driver was among those who were hurt.

Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Rod Sheather said pa­tients were be­ing treated for a “vary­ing de­gree of burns.”

Kate Lewis, who works in a su­per­mar­ket across from the cafe, de­scribed the scene as hor­rific.

“We just heard a mas­sive sonic boom and went run­ning out and saw the cafe on fire and lots of burned peo­ple,” she told the Aus­tralian Broad­cast­ing Corp.

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