Injured couple lucky to survive crash on Mary Valley Hwy

A Rockhampton couple survived this crash on the Mary Valley Hwy yesterday afternoon.
A Rockhampton couple survived this crash on the Mary Valley Hwy yesterday afternoon. Craig Warhurst

IT WAS just luck that nobody was killed on the dangerous Mary Valley Hwy yesterday afternoon.

A Rockhampton couple were taken to Gympie Hospital after their late model Honda Civic sedan lost control and flipped about 20km west of Gympie.

Imbil police sergeant Terry Kennedy said the pair was very lucky.

He said they were travelling toward Gympie when the silver sedan's passenger side wheels dropped off the edge of newly laid bitumen.

The car then lost control and flipped before landing back on its wheels in the drain beside the road.

Fire and rescue and ambulance officers attended the scene to help the male driver and his female passenger.

They were both transported to Gympie Hospital.

The crash has come just as Councillor Julie Walker warned of the dangers of the road and asked for it to be upgraded.

She nearly lost her life in a crash in 2008 not far from yesterday's crash scene and made a plea in yesterday's The Gympie Times for something to be done.

She also accused the State Government of redirecting road funds to other parts of the Mary Valley Hwy that aren't as dangerous.

Cr Walker believes the section of Mary Valley Hwy between the Mary Valley Link Rd and Juster Rd needs urgent attention.

The 2km stretch is narrow, windy and is used extensively by heavy transport.

Her major concern is that the increased traffic generated by the $60 million racing development will make an already dangerous situation even worse and life could be lost.

"My forehead is looking rather flat from beating my head up against a brick wall," she said.

Gympie Times

Topics:  car crash mary valley highway road safety

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