Emerald learner is ‘a very lucky, lucky girl’

MILLIMETRES IN IT: An Emerald woman and her boyfriend escaped serious injury in this crash on the Capricorn Hwy last month.
MILLIMETRES IN IT: An Emerald woman and her boyfriend escaped serious injury in this crash on the Capricorn Hwy last month. Contributed

THERE have been miracles amid some motorist mayhem on the Capricorn Hwy.

Duaringa police revealed an Emerald learner driver, 19, walked away with nothing more than lacerations after the Honda Prelude she was driving became wedged underneath a caravan in a freak highway incident on July 17.

Her boyfriend, 28, suffered a broken nose from the impact with the caravan's spare tyre.

"She is a very lucky, lucky girl," Senior Constable Adrian Studholme said.

"She has undertaken an overtaking manoeuvre and pulled out of it, discontinuing to overtake and accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake, colliding with the rear of the caravan.

"The only reason she has got her eyesight is she was wearing sunglasses when the windscreen shattered."

Investigations into the smash 13km west of Duaringa are ongoing.

But Snr Const Studholme wasn't quite so charitable about another rear-ender last Friday that left emergency service personnel in a hazardous position when oncoming traffic refused to slow down.

About 5.15pm, a blue LandCruiser driven by a Norman Gardens man, 31, collided with the rear of a white Toyota Camry driven by a Bluff woman, 36, as both headed westbound on the highway 10km east of Duaringa.

Both vehicles were extensively damaged.

"It was a very precarious area where they crashed, right on top of a hill... if no one got hit out of that crash it was going to be a miracle, it was that bad of a spot," Snr Const Studholme said.

The afternoon sun played a major role in the crash.

"What I am shocked at is the behaviour of motorists who drive past traffic crashes at excessive speed when emergency services are on the ground," he said.

"If you are coming to a crash site, please slow down to a safe speed. The safety of emergency services personnel is paramount, so too that of the people on the ground. We like to go home to our family as well."

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