Women flee as 4WD rams hole in house wall
TWO women and a six-week-old baby were lucky to escape unhurt when a runaway four-wheel drive crashed into a Cartwright Rd home on Friday night.
Kass Amos was breastfeeding her daughter, Nataya, while talking to her sister, Belinda King, in the lounge room when they heard a loud noise outside the home.
As they looked at each other and asked "what was that?" they heard an even louder noise as a four-wheel drive smashed through the front wall of the home.
The vehicle burst through the wall of the nursery, adjacent to the lounge room, showering them in dust and debris.
Mrs Amos quickly covered her baby to stop dust entering her lungs and left the house.
Ms King went to see if the driver of the vehicle was injured and found there was no one in the car.
The four-wheel drive had been parked 180m further up Cartwright Rd without the park brake applied.
The Toyota LandCruiser rolled down the road, across the footpath and gathered more speed down a steep embankment before ramming the home.
Mrs Amos said the vehicle took out the front wall of their nursery in a spot where she would normally change her daughter.
"We spend a lot of time there," Mrs Amos said.
"We were lucky we weren't in there."
She said at first she didn't believe what had happened.
"This is the stuff you see on the news, it doesn't happen to you," Mrs Amos said.
"But thankfully everyone was fine."
When Gympie Fire and Rescue officers arrived at the scene, about 7.30pm, they set about clearing debris from the nursery and stabilising the home.
They enlisted the help of tow truck operators to remove the vehicle from the house.
Station Officer Matt Phillips said they used acrow props to stabilise the house before slowly removing the vehicle.
Members of the Gympie SES then came in to tarp up the hole in the house. The house sustained major damage to the front wall while the body of the LandCruiser was also damaged.
"The occupants were very lucky to escape the home unhurt," Mr Phillips said.
He urged all drivers to check their hand brakes were applied before leaving their vehicles.