Craig Warhurst

Two trapped in Wide Bay Highway crash

GYMPIE Fire and Rescue officers spent 40 minutes cutting two people from a Holden Commodore after a major collision on the Wide Bay Hwy on Thursday morning.

Six people were injured in the crash. Three, one a child, were flown to hospital via two AGL helicopters.

Gympie police were investigating the crashon Thursday but said initial findings suggested the driver of the east-bound Holden Commodore had lost control and veered on to the wrong side of the road before colliding with a west-bound Ford Escape.

The force of the impact, where the Escape rammed the boot of the out of control Commodore at high speed, pushed the driver's side rear wheel of the sedan all the way to the centre door pillar.

Gympie Fire and Rescue Station officer Kent Mayne said three people escaped the Commodore but two were trapped.

He said the driver and the backseat driver's side passenger had to be cut from the wreck.

It took the crew 40 minutes to free the occupants.

Mr Mayne said the main problem for his team was the floor pan of the car had pushed forward on impact, trapping the feet of the backseat passenger.

They had to be careful removing metal from around her feet.

Once extricated from the vehicle she was flown to hospital along with two other occupants of the Commodore.

The single female occupant of the Ford Escape was taken to Gympie Hospital by road along with the remaining two occupants of the Commodore.

The scene of the crash on the Wide Bay Highway.
The scene of the crash on the Wide Bay Highway.

THURSDAY: Emergency services are attending a major traffic incident on the Wide Bay Highway, just east of the intersection with Gympie-Woolooga Road.

It is believed two cars, a Holden Commodore and  Ford Escape, were involved in the crash.

Two rescue helicopters and four ambulances are on the scene.

Gympie Times


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