Backpackers lucky to walk from crash
THREE German backpackers and a young father with his baby on board were lucky to walk away from two separate motor vehicle crashes yesterday morning.
Both occurred within a kilometre or so of each other on the Bruce Highway in the busy Monkland area.
Gympie emergency crews responded to the first incident about 8am, which involved a Toyota Corolla and a timber truck and trailer at the Normanby overpass/Bruce Highway intersection.
The truck was apparently exiting the off ramp and the Corolla, in which the father and baby were travelling, was headed northbound when they collided.
Less than three hours later, emergency crews were back in the same vicinity responding to a smash between a rental camper van and a large tipper truck.
While all three German travellers were able to walk away from their damaged vehicle, the female driver and a female passenger were taken by ambulance to Gympie Hospital.
Gympie Fire and Rescue Station Officer Bob Von Nida said the occupants were all “very fortunate”, considering it involved a small van and a heavy vehicle. It is difficult for a large truck to stop quickly, he said.