News

Driver tells of horror when ute ploughed into his car

Ryan Tarver’s Mazda 3 crumpled when it was rear ended by a Toyota Hilux on Blain Dr.
Ryan Tarver’s Mazda 3 crumpled when it was rear ended by a Toyota Hilux on Blain Dr.

RYAN Tarver was on his way to see his family after three weeks in Gladstone but all of that could have been taken from him when a 40-year-old man driving a Hilux ploughed into the back of his Mazda 3 on Blain Dr in Gladstone yesterday morning.

Mr Tarver's defensive driving skills kicked in while the other driver steered his Toyota off the road, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

The Mazda 3 was crumpled; the boot of the car left pressing up against the driver's seat.

Mr Tarver said he narrowly avoided two electrical poles before he managed to stop his car but knew he was headed towards another.

He managed to avoid it though, pulling up a couple of hundred metres from where he had been smashed into.

He kicked open his door, climbed out, and called his wife, then his mother.

The rear end of his Mazda was unrecognisable.

"If my kids were in the back seat they would be dead," Mr Tarver said.

"It was like a nightmare."

The Toyota Hilux was wrecked after running up the back of a Mazda 3 in the early hours of yesterday.
The Toyota Hilux was wrecked after running up the back of a Mazda 3 in the early hours of yesterday.

Before the crash Mr Tarver was sitting behind a semi-trailer and three other cars on Blain Dr where, on Tuesday, police had caught seven people speeding in one hour.

The top speed recorded that day was 81kmh.

Yesterday, Ryan said he saw the bull bar of the Hilux coming at him in his rear-vision mirror. "We were only going about 55kmh (on the 60kmh road)," he said.

Witness Cameron Brady saw the Toyota "fly" past him before it smashed into the back of Mr Tarver's car.

"I thought it (Mazda 3) was a Commodore and then it looked like a Barina," he said.

Gladstone police said speed could have been a factor in the crash; they ruled out drugs and alcohol.

Both men were taken to hospital yesterday; Mr Tarver released with a bruise to the shoulder while the other man had shoulder pain.

Topics:  gladstone hilux mazda ute



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Top 10 cheapest houses on the market in the Gladstone region

98 Dalrymple Drive Toolooa

A LIST of Gladstone's best, cheapest houses

'He can see!' Mum's tears as boy fights Taipan bite

Eli Campbell, 2, is recovering at Brisbane's Lady Cilento Children's Hospital after he was bitten by a taipan three times at Agnes Water.

Todder bitten by a snake can now see, talk and walk.

Police allege man killed cat and set house on fire

Bundaberg Police investigate a suspicious house fire in Brand St Walkervale.

Crime scene set up in Brand St Walkervale

Local Partners

Mandy Moore feels like she's 60

Mandy Moore sees herself as a 60-year-old rather than a 32-year-old

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

Saying "I do" changed Shia's outlook on marriage

Shia LaBeouf has a new outlook on marriage since he tied the knot.

Singer tunes in to first movie role

Tori Kelly voices the character Meena in the movie Sing.

Musician Tori Kelly voices Meena the teenage elephant in Sing

Cricketing greats bring Aussie mateship to commentary box

Cricket commentator Adam Gilchrist.

ADAM Gilchrist enjoys the fun of calling the Big Bash League.

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Family scoop bargain $160K 'holiday home' in Gladstone

BARGAIN: A Biloela family has purchased 21 Ann St for $160,000. They try to get to Gladstone at least once a month.

ADVERTISED as "renovate or demolish", but snapped up for getaway.

REVEALED: Gladstone property prices hit lowest in downturn

Aerial View overlooking Kin Kora residential area, Gladstone.



Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

GLADSTONE PROPERTY prices have hit their lowest since the bust.

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!