Elderly couple hurt in highway smash
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
ONE person was in a serious condition in Gladstone Hospital last night after yet another accident on the Bruce Highway yesterday afternoon.
A northbound four-wheel drive left the road and overturned about 16km south of Mt Larcom about 12.30pm yesterday and was the second accident on the Bruce Highway near Gladstone in less than a week.
An elderly man and woman believed to be from Brisbane were transported to Gladstone Hospital following the accident, with unconfirmed reports one person had several fingers severed in the rollover.
Gladstone Hospital medical superintendent Dr Ian Motarelly would not comment on the patients' injuries yesterday.
Dr Motarelly said the woman was being prepared to be transported to Brisbane by the Royal Flying Doctor Service late yesterday, while the man was admitted to Gladstone Hospital.
However, according to Mt Larcom ambulance advanced care paramedic Ken Rudge the condition of the patients could have been a lot worse if not for the help of two good samaritans.
Mr Rudge said an off duty police officer and a second passer-by stopped to assist with the accident, which closed the highway for two hours.
On Saturday The Observer reported that the Bruce Highway near Gladstone had not been named in an RACQ survey of Queensland's worst roads.
However in the report Gladstone Police traffic branch sergeant Chris Lette said the Mount Larcom area was 'an area of concern'.