Pair survives 4WD crash on Wide Bay Hwy
A LEARNER driver and her mother were lucky to escape without serious injury when their 4WD flipped three times on the Wide Bay Highway yesterday.
The accident happened on a 100km/h section of road around 7.30am, three kilometres west of Bells Bridge.
A young female learner driver was driving her mother toward Gympie when she lost control of the vehicle in loose gravel near the edge of the road.
The Toyota Hilux they were in lost traction, left the road, went down a small embankment and rolled three times.
A witness at the scene said the car rolled twice sideways and once end on end leaving a deep gash four metres high up a gum tree.
The car was a write off.
Police at the scene said the two occupants were lucky to survive the crash.
They said the vehicle missed a number of trees on the side of the road and only the fact the occupants were wearing seatbelts and driving a solid vehicle saved them.
The vehicle came to rest on its side and another motorist stopped to help the two shaken, but uninjured women from the wreckage.
Police blamed the accident on driver inexperience.
The accident is the second close call on the Wide Bay Highway in the last month.
Six people were taken to hospital after a two car collision on Thursday, April 18.
That day a driver of Holden Commodore carrying five people lost control and slammed into a 4WD.
Gympie Police have urged drivers to take care on country roads and drive to conditions.