Police investigate the empty car after it rolled about 30m down Calton Hill yesterday morning.
Police investigate the empty car after it rolled about 30m down Calton Hill yesterday morning. Tanya Easterby

Driver’s day goes downhill

A MINOR miracle occurred on Gympie's notoriously steep Calton "Cardiac" Hill yesterday morning when an out-of-control car rolled backwards down the hill before coming to rest in front of the Fiveways bus shelter.

Pedestrians were forced to leap for their lives about 9.30am when the 75-year-old driver "panicked" after stalling the car about 20m past the Young St intersection.

Emergency workers said the woman got out of the car and knocked it out of gear, thinking to push it to the side of the road so traffic could get around her.

But the car immediately rolled backwards; the open door knocking her into the gutter and inflicting cuts and grazes to her head and body.

The driverless car continued to roll backwards down the hill, somehow missing a multitude of sign posts, people, other vehicles and obstacles before hitting the bus shelter.

The woman was taken to hospital.

Gympie Times


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