QAS award recipient Grace Spinks with her mother Samantha.
QAS award recipient Grace Spinks with her mother Samantha. Chris Ison

Grace is a true hero

WHEN six-year-old Grace Spinks's mother was knocked unconscious after a horrific car crash she sprang into action to save her young brother and sister from disaster.

Grace was travelling with her mother Samantha, sister Jennifer, 4, and brother Reuben, 2, from Biloela to Maryborough on the Bruce Highway to visit her grandmother for the school holidays.

It was 2.40pm and the family car was nearing Miriam Vale when it suddenly veered off the road and down a steep 15m embankment.

The roof of the car was torn off by a low-lying tree as it hurtled down the bank before smashing into another tree and knocking Mrs Spinks unconscious.

Grace said initially she was “freaking out” as Jennifer and Reuben, who had a broken leg, were screaming and she saw her mother bloody and bent over against the steering wheel.

She scrambled among the broken glass looking for a mobile phone to call for help but could not find one.

Grace said she knew she had to help her siblings out of the car and find someone who could call for help.

“I knew my brother and sister could not help me and did not know about ‘000'. Reuben was way too young for that and I knew that I needed to help.

“I tried to put him on his legs twice but he would not stand up and I thought, ‘Maybe there's something wrong I'll take and help him.”

Grace carried her brother up the embankment while holding her sister's hand at the same time.

Luckily, while half-way up the embankment, she met a truck driver who had seen the car veer off the road and she insisted he call emergency services immediately.

“I was feeling really worried but then when I saw the people I started to calm down a bit,” Grace said.

She and her siblings waited by the side of the road with the truck driver for an ambulance to arrive and then took paramedics to the crash scene, relaying all her personal details to them.

Yesterday morning Grace was named “Young Hero of the Year” at the Queensland Ambulance Central Region Star Care Awards for her actions during the June 29 accident.

Queensland Ambulance Service Deputy Commissioner Russell Bowles said she had shown “extraordinary bravery” which had saved her mother and brother's life.

Mrs Spinks said she was proud of her daughter, “just to stay calm and work through and do what she had to do, I'm extremely proud of her”.



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