Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

{MINISTER PLEDGES HOSPITAL 'IS SAFE'} {Lucky Escape as 4WD Rolls over in Wet} {the News We All Wanted}; Lucas Pledges to Keep Hospital Open

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

{MINISTER PLEDGES HOSPITAL 'IS SAFE'} {Lucky Escape as 4WD Rolls over in Wet} {the News We All Wanted}; Lucas Pledges to Keep Hospital Open

Article excerpt

Byline: Jennifer Chapman

FEARS that the government was moving to shut down Maryborough Hospital have been put to rest by State Minister for Health Paul Lucas.

Speaking at the Maryborough Hospital yesterday, Mr Lucas, said his government had no intention of closing the facility and in a sign of faith announced a new $250,000 emergency department upgrade project.

"This hospital plays an important role in the local community and will continue to play that role for years to come," he said.

IT COULD have been fatal.

Another wet road, a top-heavy 4WD and nine backpackers - an all-too-familiar dangerous mix.

Of the English and Danish tourists involved in the crash on River Heads Road yesterday, one suffered a dislocated shoulder and two had suspected spinal injuries.

They were taken to Hervey Bay Hospital along with the six others with minor injuries.

It was the fourth accident in two days.

Bumper-to-bumper cars snaked down the temporarily closed road to a scene of firefighters, police, paramedics, tow truck drivers, witnesses and bloody victims.

Muddy tyre marks skidded off bitumen into grass along a rural property fence.

The white Palace Backpackers hire 4WD lay on its right side - a young man was being treated in the back; another was in a neck brace; while female passengers with blood on their arms and legs sat nearby, clearly shaken.

Colin Voigt (right) was also stunned - it was his 4WD the backpackers had been overtaking when the incident happened just after noon.

Mr Voigt said the backpacker 4WD had pulled out sharply behind his vehicle, lost control and had not been able to regain it.

"It was not pretty to watch."

Mr Voigt pulled over to help as some of the backpackers climbed out of the vehicle's windows and called police. Hervey Bay Constable Tarrant Jones has confirmed speed was not a factor and investigations are under way. He would not reveal who was driving.

Mr Voigt has been a River Heads resident for six years and said although yesterday's accident was the first he had witnessed in the suburb, River Heads Road was "shocking". …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.