A tractor with a loaded bin about to pull up near bins to drop off it's load.
A tractor with a loaded bin about to pull up near bins to drop off it's load. Tony Martin

Tractor 'ploughed' into ute and sped off, woman left trapped

ONLOOKERS who saw a tractor "plough over" a ute on the New England Highway were shocked to see the driver "take off", leaving two women in a crumpled car and "lucky to be alive".

Two sisters were taken to Toowoomba Base Hospital suffering minor injuries and shock after a large tractor smashed into the side of their Toyota Hilux at 6.30pm on Friday.

Brian Galloway was travelling behind the tractor on Fett Rd near Nobby and saw the incident unfold.

"I was sure there was going to be carnage," Mr Galloway said.

He described seeing the tractor pull onto the highway and hit the ute, becoming entangled on impact.

"The tractor ploughed over the bonnet of the car and then started trying to reverse off and was dragging the car with him," Mr Galloway said.

"When he wriggled his way off the car he took off and left the scene."

Mr Galloway called 000 as he rushed over to check on the women in the ute.

He found the driver, a 38-year-old woman trapped in the car with her legs pinned under the bonnet.

The other woman, 48, was able to get out of the car but was in shock.

"She was pretty severely freaked out about everything and how the bloke in the tractor reacted," Mr Galloway said.

Mr Galloway said the driver was in "surprisingly good spirits".

"She kept it together very well considering she was pinned in the vehicle," he said.

"One of the first things we did was disconnect the battery and that kept her mind at ease."

Paramedics from Clifton and Toowoomba were called to find both women in a stable condition.

"I am amazed that the lady only had quite minor injuries," senior Constable Tyson Morris said.

Constable Morris said police from Clifton were making inquiries but had yet to speak to the tractor driver.

"It is extremely disappointing," he said.

"Not only are you required by law to remain at the scene, exchange details and check on the wellbeing of the people involved, but to make the choice to leave is extremely disappointing and unsafe."

Mr Galloway said the 'freak crash' was extremely unusual.

"I suppose just goes to show you don't know what can happen. You would never expect to be driving on the highway and get hit by a tractor.

"It is sort of the last thing you expect to see."



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