Two-car smash near Bells Bridge
FIVE people were injured in a two-car smash on the Bruce Highway, north of Bells Bridge yesterday.
The crash occurred around 10.30am at the Bruce Highway-Purcell Road intersection, between a north-bound green Falcon sedan and a red Ford Focus, believed to be turning onto the Bruce Highway from Purcell Road. It’s believed a vehicle turning into Purcell Road may have obscured the vehicle heading north as the driver of the Focus was exiting Purcell Road.
Gympie Ambulance Acting Officer in Charge Brian Lehane said four ambulance crews were dispatched to the scene and five patients were transported to Gympie Hospital, including a 70-year-old woman with spinal and finger injuries, a woman with a compound fracture of the lower leg, a 65-year-old man with a suspected fractured sternum and a father and daughter with suspected abdominal injuries.
MR Lehane said seatbelts probably minimised the injuries, adding it could well have been a potentially fatal crash.
A hospital spokesperson said of the five transported to Gympie Hospital, three were later discharged, the 70-year- old woman remained in hospital in a stable condition and the 80-year-old woman was late yesterday transported to Nambour Hospital.
One truck driver at the scene yesterday described the intersection as just as bad as the notorious Matilda intersection on Gympie’s southern entrance.
The Bruce Highway-Purcell Road intersection is on a 100kmh stretch of highway, transitioning into the 90kmh zone just before Bells Bridge (heading south).
He said trucks heading south down the hill toward Bells Bridge, doing 100kmh, would have no chance of braking in time to avoid a vehicle pulling out suddenly in front of them from Purcell Road.