VIDEO: Anger as another driver flees crash scene

UPDATE 11:20am: A CEDAR Pocket woman has expressed her anger after a driver allegedly fled the scene after forcing her off the Greens Creek bridge on Monday, resulting in a serious crash.     Lynette Tompkins was driving northwest on Cedar Pocket Rd, just 2km from her home, around 8:30am when she approached the Greens Creek bridge.  

"I've come up to Greens Creek Bridge and a four wheel drive came around the corner, and it was on my side of the road, all but his passenger side wheels," Mrs Tompkins said.   "I put my foot on the brake and swerved to avoid him, and I've ended up going off the bridge pretty much, and he didn't stop."  

She was trapped briefly her vehicle, a Holden Statesman, and was invisible from the road.   "I could hear people going over the bridge and not stopping," she said.  

Mrs Tompkins said she was angry the four wheel drive, which she described as a white single-cab vehicle and possibly a Landcruiser, failed to stop after allegedly causing the crash.   "What if I couldn't get out?" she said.    "What if nobody saw me? What if I was badly injured? I could have died there.  

"I still have a lot of anger."   Her own neighbour finally discovered the wreck after driving over the bridge.   "My next door neighbour saw glass on the bridge and some smoke, so he's done a U-turn and come back, and by then I've managed to get out of the vehicle."   Mrs Tompkins said she was incredibly grateful the neighbour stopped to investigate.  

"If I didn't get out of the vehicle and he didn't stop, I don't know how long I would have been there, because my car is green coloured, and I was right beside the bridge," she said.   "I've driven over it with hubby the next day, and where my car was, unless you were in a higher vehicle, you'd never have seen it.   "It's very scary."   She said she'd already had several close calls on the Greens Creek Bridge, which is on a 100kmh stretch.  

"That happens a lot on that bridge because there's a blind corner coming onto it, and it's a narrow bridge, even though it's too lanes," she said.    "People don't think they can fit, but you can fit two cars on there easily."   Mrs Tompkins sustained a concussion, bruised sternum, cuts to the face, a dislocated thumb, and a medial epicondyle fracture.   She will be unable to return to her job as an assistant nurse for at least six weeks, longer if the fracture requires surgery.     

EARLIER 7:25am:  A WOMAN was lucky to be left with only minor injuries when her car was run off the side of Greens Creek Bridge on Cedar Pocket Rd on Monday.   The second vehicle involved in the accident, described by police as a single cab, white four-wheel-drive, possibly a Landcrusier, fled the scene.  

Police allege at about 8.30am the four-wheel-drive was driving in the middle of the road when it was travelling south-west across the narrow causeway.   The woman, 34, driving the vehicle braked and swerved to the left; running into a corner pylon of the bridge, before driving and off the side into the dry creek bed.   

The bridge is designed for two way traffic with a double white line separating the lanes.    The woman was found when a neighbour reportedly came across debris on the bridge.    The woman was taken by ambulance to hospital, she is thought to have a broken arm, cuts to the face, bruising and possible whiplash.   

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Policelink: 131 444 or Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000.

Gympie Times


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