Head-on puts 3 in hospital
A HEAD-ON collision between two vehicles yesterday put three people, including a three-year-old boy, in hospital.
At the time of going to print details were sketchy, but reports indicate a woman and her son were travelling in a small sedan when they collided with a four-wheel drive.
A man was travelling in the four-wheel drive.
The accident happened about 1.05pm on the corner of O'Connor Road and Bruce Hwy in Benaraby near the Benaraby primary school.
The woman's legs were pinned under the dashboard for some time, with emergency services having to cut her free from the vehicle.
The woman suffered facial cuts and bruising while the three-year-old boy suffered only bruising.
Tannum Sands Police said the boy was properly restrained, which most likely saved his life.
The man in the four-wheel drive escaped with a broken ankle.
The Bruce Hwy was closed off by police for a number of hours with trucks and caravans unable to move on.
All of the patients were transported to the Gladstone Hospital for treatment and observation.
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.”