Moments of panic as Ute rolls on 'notorious corner'

UPDATE 2pm: 

LINDA MacKay heard tyres skidding across gravel and a vehicle rolling as she was having morning tea.

Ms MacKay drove to Tablelands Rd on her motorbike and found friends of the driver pulled up behind his rolled ute which had ended up in an embankment.

Ms MacKay said because the driver didn't appear to be wounded, she alerted a neighbour to the accident, a nurse, who took control of the situation until paramedics arrived. 

The 17-year-old driver of the ute was raced to Gladstone Hospital where it's understood he's in a stable condition.

Ms MacKay's parents Jone and George has seen their fair share of things go wrong on Tableland Rd.

The elderly couple are the fifth generation of MacKay's to live on Tablelands Rd and they say in that time, it hasn't been upgraded.

In 1997, Jone began logging accidents on the road. On that corner alone, she has logged up to six accidents, with the most recent being four years ago.

The couple say a combination of gravel and drivers speeding because they believe they are "in the country" are behind the frequent accidents. 


PARAMEDICS are transporting a 17-year-old boy to hospital after he rolled his ute on Tablelands Road.

The driver lost control while veering around a corner on Tablelands Rd, near Diglum Rd, in what witnesses describe as a "notoriously bad corner".

"The gentleman has come around a corner and lost control and as you can see has ended up in a ditch," he said. 

The boy is in a stable condition, but he is being taken to hospital for an assessment.

Police on the scene said no other vehicles were involved in the accident. 

More to come. 

The boy was veering around a corner when he
The boy was veering around a corner when he "lost control" of his ute.

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