Man lucky to be alive after dead tree falls onto his car
THE tree was dead and Frank Crane nearly was too, after it fell in front of his car as he drove towards Rainbow Beach.
"If I had been driving a small car or a soft top sports car I would not have been typing this letter," he wrote to The Gympie Times.
And it was no freak accident, he said. It could have happened to anyone.
"I was travelling at approximately 90kmh when I saw a dead tree start to fall and come across the road in front of me," he said.
He said he was lucky he was in a substantial vehicle as he drove on Rainbow Beach Rd near Roy Weber Plains.
"While I wasn't hurt, it could have been a different story," he said.
The crash is nobody's fault, it seems.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads referred Mr Crane's complaint to its maintenance contractor, Gympie Regional Council, whose representative said there was no evidence the council had been negligent in not felling the tree during its normal maintenance.
The council's insurance company referred the matter to its administrative processing centre in Mumbai, India, before refusing Mr Crane's claim.
Mr Crane's vehicle insurance covered repair costs. But Mr Crane said that while the DMR and the council claimed no liability, efforts appeared to have been made since to make the area look more "tidy". He urged drivers to report any dangerous looking trees they see as they drive along.