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Aspiring fireman to the rescue as trailer flips on highway

HIGHWAY CARNAGE: Gympie’s Aaron Jamieson took photos of emergency services responding to Wednesday evening’s accident on the Bruce Hwy near Chatsworth, involving a truck and a 4WD towing a caravan (pictured above). Mr Jamieson was among the first on scene.
HIGHWAY CARNAGE: Gympie’s Aaron Jamieson took photos of emergency services responding to Wednesday evening’s accident on the Bruce Hwy near Chatsworth, involving a truck and a 4WD towing a caravan (pictured above). Mr Jamieson was among the first on scene. Contributed

GYMPIE man Aaron Jamieson has plans of becoming a fire officer by the end of the year and received his first taste of what to expect on the job after finding himself at the heart of Wednesday's Bruce Hwy accident south of Gympie.

Mr Jamieson was driving to Curra to see his brother when he witnessed the accident involving a 4WD towing a caravan and a molasses truck.

The two-vehicle accident closed the Bruce Hwy until just after 9pm and resulted in two patients being taken to Gympie Hospital, where they received treatment for their injuries.

Mr Jamieson, 27, had just driven past the Chatsworth State Primary School about 6.30pm when he saw a couple of cars pulled over to the left of the highway.

He looked up the road to see why and that is when he saw the molasses truck's trailer flip up into the air.

The Gympie man then directed his attention further up the road and saw a 4WD towing a caravan resting passenger side down on the road.

With people already attempting to help the truck driver, Mr Jamieson joined another man in driving up to the 4WD.

"I ran over and was holding the door," the Gympie man said.

"There was an elderly man in the driver's seat and his wife in the passenger's seat."

The second man joining Mr Jamieson, who shared the name Aaron, had just picked up a car in Brisbane and was heading north to return home to Gladstone.

The Gladstone man entered the 4WD through the back window and retrieved the elderly couple's dog before kicking out the windscreen to allow easy access to the vehicle.

Mr Jamieson, meanwhile, was holding up the driver door and checking on the condition of the male driver when the first police unit arrived on the scene, followed by an ambulance and a Queensland Fire and Rescue crew.

The fire and rescue crew used the jaws of life to cut part of the 4WD wreckage, taking about an hour to extract both the driver and his wife.

Mr Jamieson said it appeared the 4WD towing the caravan, heading north, lost control before coming into contact with a southbound truck.

"The caravan got the wobbles and it looked like the driver over-corrected," the Gympie man said.

"It then did a complete 180 (degree) spin facing south and the truck hit the front left-hand corner and tore off the bull bar."

The Gympie man said his adrenaline was pumping throughout the ordeal and it was not until 9pm when the scene was cleared and the vehicles towed that Mr Jamieson continued on to his Curra destination.

Gympie Times

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