We were very, very lucky: Newman
LATEST: Premier Campbell Newman says he was 'very, very lucky' not to have been seriously injured after a car crashed into his official car today.
Moments after being examined by paramedics, Mr Newman said he was "feeling pretty good".
"There was quite an impact. The car has been substantially damaged and I'm sure is a write-off and it was right into the side of the passenger side of the car so we were very, very lucky," he said.
"I am reassured that the lady in the other vehicle, when I went up to see how she was, she seemed at the time to be okay. I hope she is indeed okay as well."
Mr Newman said it was a warning to motorists involved in accidents to always get checked out, even if they appeared to be fine.
He said Member for Buderim Steve Dickson was an example of this.
He was involved in a similar accident earlier in April and realised a week later he had whiplash.
IN TOMORROW'S DAILY: Exclusive picture just moments after the crash
"It is a bit of a message for the whole community that after an accident like that don't just assume you're fine you do need tog o and see a doctor because the body absorbs a lot of energy done the track," he said.
Mr Newman said he was on the phone to his Chief of Staff and Director General of Premiers at the time of the accident.
"I kept talking throughout. I think I said, 'Look we've just been in a car accident', which was a real feeling of is 'Is this really happening?' and 'are we going to get out of this?" Mr Newman said.
"All that went through my mind, but it was good that there was no body who suffered serious injuries today. It could have been a lot worse.
"It shook us all up a lot. The door was completely jammed. I had to literally kick the door with both feet to get out of the car."
Campbell Newman laughs off crash at conference
PREMIER Campbell Newman has kept his sense of humour after being involved in a car crash on the Sunshine Coast this morning
He gave a 30 minute address to the local government civic leaders, where he talked about Noosa council deamalgamation.
He joked not even a crash would stop him from visiting the Coast.
He assured the crowd he was okay and would get checked out shortly.
The Premier reconfirmed Noosa would be given the option to break away but would have to brace for the costs.
Paramedics are checking him over at the Twin Waters Resort
Campbell Newman involved in Coast car crash
QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman has been involved in a car crash on the Sunshine Coast.
The Premier was travelling to a civic leaders summit at Twin Waters when his official car was hit by a vehicle that allegedly failed to stop at an intersection on the corner of Nojoor Rd and Ocean Drive.
The car collided with the passenger side of the Premier's car.
It is understood one of the Premier's staff took most of the impact.
The car contained Mr Newman's police guard and his media adviser Mitch Grayson.
The Sunshine Coast Daily was travelling behind the Premier's vehicle at the time.
Reporter Nicole Fuge said no-one appeared to be seriously injured in the accident.
She said the female driver of the car that failed to stop was in shock.
The woman told the Daily she had just dropped her two children off to soccer practice and was heading to the doctors when the crash occurred.
Police attended the scene as well as an ambulance as a precaution.
The Premier left the scene after giving a brief statement.
A spokesperson said the Premier was continuing on with his official duties for the day but had cancelled a scheduled press conference. It is understood he will be having medical checks done.
LGAQ executive director Greg Hallam told the ABC the Premier's car got ''one hell of a whack''.
''Just to show you what a tough nut he really is, he had a major accident on the way up,'' Mr Hallam said.
''A car broadsided him, he's shown me the photos.''
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