CRASH LEAVES FAM­ILY SHAKEN

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TOWNSVILLE mother Olivia Dar­low says she is still too scared to drive 11 days af­ter her Hyundai Elantra was to­talled by a ute.

Ms Dar­low said she was sta­tion­ary at the lights on the cor­ner of Wool­cock and Hugh streets in Gar­butt with her two sons in the back when a Holden Colorado ute with a bull­bar hit them from be­hind.

“There are two lanes that turn into four lanes where you can turn left or right on to Hugh St,” she said. “We were still in the two lanes be­fore it con­verts into four and we got pushed up to where it con­verted into four.”

Ms Dar­low said the in­ci­dent was trau­matic for her and sons Trys­tahn, 12, and Kyahn, 11, who has autism.

“Kyahn was just com­pletely non­ver­bal, non-com­mu­nica­tive; he didn’t look at any­body. Very scary. I was shak­ing un­con­trol­lably and cry­ing,” Ms Dar­low said.

“I screamed be­fore it … I turned around to make sure they were OK and Kyahn was as white as a ghost.”

Ms Dar­low said while the or­deal was fright­en­ing, it could have been a lot worse.

“Nor­mally my car is sit­ting in the garage. I have a small Ford Fi­esta. My hus­band took my car to work in or­der to fill it up for me. When we got hit we were in my hus­band’s car.

“It would have been a fa­tal­ity for my boys if it was my car. We were hit at around 70km/h.”

Ms Dar­low and her sons jumped out of the ve­hi­cle af­ter the im­pact and waited un­til the po­lice ar­rived.

They were later taken to hos­pi­tal, with Ms Dar­low go­ing to the emer­gency de­part­ment for as­sess­ment and put in a neck col­lar while her sons were treated in pae­di­atrics.

“Kyahn had in­stant back pain, shoot­ing pain down both sides of his neck into his back. He flew for­ward hit­ting the seat in front of him and then back – the seat­belt un­latched.

“Trys­tahn in­jured his shoul­der. The pain hit about 15 to 20 min­utes later when the adren­a­line wore off. I didn’t re­alise my pain un­til we were at the hos­pi­tal and a nurse asked how I was. I burst into tears.”

Her car was taken to ABC Tow­ing’s hold­ing yard on the morn­ing of the ac­ci­dent and then to Pick­les Auc­tion Hold­ing Yard four days later.

“The car is com­pletely un­us­able,” Ms Dar­low said.

She is frus­trated she has not yet heard back from CGU In­sur­ance and that the as­ses­sor’s work on the dam­age has not yet been done.

“I told them it wasn’t good enough hav­ing a child with spe­cial needs and need­ing to get to and from ap­point­ments and school start­ing back soon. It’s so frus­trat­ing” Ms Dar­low said.

CGU was con­tacted for com­ment.

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

TRAUMATISED: Olivia Dar­low, of Bur­dell, and sons Trys­tahn, 12, and Kyahn, 11, were in­volved in a car crash.

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