Accidents keep services busy

By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE school holiday period is off to a bad start with seven accidents in three days keeping emergency services busy.

Since Friday, 10 people have been treated for injuries caused by car accidents on Gladstone roads, two of which were serious.

A sedan towing a trailer rolled about five kilometres north of the Calliope Historical Village about 1pm yesterday.

Gladstone Fire Station officer Peter Kilfoyle said no one was hurt in the single-vehicle accident, but the two occupants were taken to Gladstone Hospital for observation.

Only two hours later, two people narrowly avoided injury after crashing into a bridge at Colosseum Creek on the Bruce Highway at Miriam Vale.

Miriam Vale police Sergeant Tim Hayes said the occupants of the vehicle were "very fortunate'' to escape injury.

"The car was a total write-off, but luckily no one was injured,'' he said.

On Sunday, a taxi driver crashed into trees on the Glenlyon and Philip Street roundabout, and was taken to hospital suffering a cracked sternum and head injuries.

He remained in a stable condition in Gladstone Hospital yesterday.

A woman also suffered a punctured lung after an accident on Hampton Drive at Tannum Sands on Sunday afternoon.

She was taken by medivac to Gladstone Hospital where she remains in a stable condition. Gladstone Police Sergeant Kevin Whicker said police were conducting Operation Spring Break during the school holidays and were targeting the "fatal four'' ? drink driving, speeding, not wearing seat belts and driving tired.



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