The upturned car after it crashed at Running Creek Bridge on Saturday morning, nearly drowning its four occupants, including two sisters, aged three and five.
The upturned car after it crashed at Running Creek Bridge on Saturday morning, nearly drowning its four occupants, including two sisters, aged three and five.

Call for action on bridge after near tragedy

FEDERAL LNP candidate for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien is calling on the State Main Roads Department to take urgent action to prevent a tragedy on the Running Creek Bridge at Woolooga.

His call follows a near-tragic crash at the bridge in the early hours of last Saturday, when a mother, her friend and two young daughters landed upside down in the creek.

All four were able to free themselves from the vehicle before paramedics arrived, but the two little girls aged three and five had to be airlifted to Lady Cilento Hospital.

Their mother later told ABC news how she had had to dive back down into the water several times after freeing herself before she was able to free her youngest daughter.

The little girl was trapped under the water for several minutes and wasn't breathing when she was finally freed, but able to be resuscitated before emergency services arrived. Her big sister received multiple lacerations.

Mr O'Brien said today there had been far too many crashes on this bridge in the past 18 months.

"It appears motorists are being directed away from the Bruce Highway and down the Woolooga Brooweena Rd when they select the most direct route on their GPS navigation," he said.

"An increase in signage by the Main Roads Department doesn't appear to have worked as there has been a number of crashes since the new signs were erected.

"This is not a problem that is going to fix itself.

 

Woolooga residents standing on the Running Creek bridge wanting an upgrade. Phil Stanford, Steve Turner, Sean Barrett, Nevile and Joy Turner, Sharon Turner. Photo Renee Albrecht/Gympie Times
Woolooga residents standing on the Running Creek bridge wanting an upgrade. Phil Stanford, Steve Turner, Sean Barrett, Nevile and Joy Turner, Sharon Turner. Photo Renee Albrecht/Gympie Times Renee Albrecht

"It seems obvious to me that there needs to be a complete realignment of the road and the bridge replaced. But before then, the Main Roads Department needs to take urgent action to stop vehicles driving off the bridge. It's only a matter of time before we have a fatality," Mr O'Brien said.

"This is a State controlled road but when it comes to serious matters like this all levels of government should work together. I will work with the local community to have this urgent matter addressed as soon as possible."

Gympie Times


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