The car landed upright in thick bush on the creek bank on the side of the Dawson Highway.
The car landed upright in thick bush on the creek bank on the side of the Dawson Highway. JULIE-ANNE SCOTT

4WD flips over rail

A 61-YEAR-OLD woman was very lucky to escape with minor injuries after an accident on the Dawson Highway near Calliope yesterday morning.

The woman, who was driving a Toyota Landcruiser 4WD, was heading East along the Dawson Highway towards Gladstone about 8am.

It appears the 4WD clipped the back end of a truck which was stopped to turn right into Chamberlain Road.

The Landcruiser then flipped over the guardrail and flew over a creek roughly 10 metres below before landing right side up on the creek bank.

The woman received facial and head lacerations as well as bruising and soft-tissue injuries.

The Landcruiser was very badly damaged in the accident and the woman's injuries were mild compared to the damage to the car.

“Spinal precautions were taken by Queensland Ambulance officers but the woman had full movement and was fully conscious and aware and was very lucky to walk out of the wreck alive,” a QAS spokesperson said.

The Landcruiser very narrowly missed dropping 10 metres into the creek below.

Police fished the woman's handbag and some of the Landcruiser's windows out of the creek.

Police, fire and ambulance services all attended the accident scene.The woman was taken to Gladstone Hospital as a precaution. In Tannum Sands about the same time, two cars were involved in a toe-to-tail accident outside Boyne Island State School. No injuries were reported.



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