Mr Newton’s wife and son are lucky to be alive after a horrific car accident last week.
Mr Newton’s wife and son are lucky to be alive after a horrific car accident last week. Submitted

Family man gives thanks

LAST WEEK, The Observer reported a horrific car crash on the Bruce Highway at Benaraby near the Benaraby State School.

A woman and her son were travelling in a small sedan when they collided with a four-wheel drive driven by a man.

The accident happened about 1.05pm last Tuesday on the corner of O'Connor Road and the Bruce Highway.

Tannum Sands Police said it was a miracle that no one was killed and the boy was lucky to be alive, which was due to him being properly restrained.

Local residents heard the collision from up to a kilometre away, with one resident saying the notorious turn-off was only waiting for a major accident.

“People just don't slow down; it's a death trap,” the resident said.

“A couple of times I have had to tell people to get out of the lane because in the afternoon you take your life into your own hands,” the resident said.

A week later, the husband and father of the injured women and boy contacted The Observer via letter to let people know how his family is – and to say thank-you.

“Hi, I'm Mr Newton, husband and father of the two that were in the head-on in Benaraby on Tuesday 13.07.10”, he wrote.

“I am writing this letter because I feel I need to.

“My wife and son had just dropped me off to get my truck from Gladstone and were going straight home to Bororen to get ready to pick our daughter up from school.

“I had to drop off my truck at Benaraby and get my ute and then I was on my way home.

“I was just about to hop out of the truck when the truckies called to say there had been a head-on so I called back to ask what colour cars were involved, and as one said black I instantly knew it was my wife and son. I don't know how but I just did.

“I was the fifth or sixth person at the scene and that would have to be the worst feeling I have ever had in my life. It is still heart-wrenching writing this letter.

“I just wanted to say that my wife is in Brisbane and is in a stable condition and my little man is in good health with only bruising and a bit of a headache.

“I wanted to say that because you never know how people have gotten on after such a horrific thing.

“I want to say a big thank-you to the truck driver that was on the scene first for pulling my son out of the car as well as the truck driver's passenger who had paramedic training and was looking after my wife as they would not let me near my wife, so I stayed with my little man and a lovely lady that was holding him.

“Also the police, firies, SES, ambulance and RFDS people for being so professional with their work. The hospital staff in ICU are unbelievable for what they can do.

“You don't realise how special your friends and family are until something bad happens. My wife's family flew straight from NZ and my family drove from Charleville overnight. My friends are my heart and soul for what they have done for my family and my parents who are looking after our two children.

“I would like to thank BSL for doing the organising of air flights for me so quick and helping me with everything.

“So, for now, everything is ok with my wife at the moment so thank you to everyone who has helped our family out.

“Thank You. Mr Newton”.



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