Three injured in pile up



TWO elderly residents were injured when their car was pushed into the rear end of a bus on the Dawson Highway early Thursday night.

The 61-year-old driver of the car remains in hospital.

Sergeant Owen Lawton said the accident happened about 8.15pm when another car crashed into the rear of the couple's sedan.

Police said it appeared the sedan had slowed for a tourist coach making a U-turn on the Dawson Highway to head back towards the Mobil Service Station.

When the car crashed into the elderly residents' sedan, they were pushed into the rear of the bus.

The passenger in the sedan, a 58-year-old woman, suffered a black eye and minor injuries and was taken to Gladstone Hospital for treatment.

The elderly man was cut out of the car in case of back injuries and taken to Gladstone Hospital for treatment. The driver of the other car, an 18-year-old man, was also taken to hospital for treatment.

Twenty people were on the bus but none of them were injured and the bus sustained little damage.

In a separate incident yesterday afternoon, the domino-effect took hold when a low loader carrying a caterpillar came adrift from a prime mover and crashed on the side of the road where it caused a bush fire and later a traffic hazard.

The trailer was not damaged, but it took two fire brigades an hour to put out the grass fire.

The trailer remained on the side of the Bruce Highway, just north of Ambrose, yesterday afternoon, slowing traffic.

A crane and another loader were expected to move it last night.



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