‘What if’ plays on mind after lucky escape from rollover
A SUNSHINE Coast couple has walked away from a mangled car wreck after a rollover on a sandy road north of the region.
Well-known Cooroibah singer-songwriter Taylor Moss and her boyfriend, Cahil Parkes, were returning from a trip to Rainbow Beach when disaster struck.
Their four-wheel drive hit an embankment and as the car slid out the brakes failed, leaving the car in a roll and hurtling towards a tree.
Contact was made and 20-year-old Taylor suffered whip lash and an injury to her shoulder, and 19-year-old Cahil had some abrasions and bruising.
"I was hanging upside down with my seatbelt on," Taylor said.
"I couldn't see Cahil as the roof had caved in between us. I heard him, but I didn't know how hurt he was.
"If Cahil hadn't moved his head slightly, his head would have been chopped off as the metal was right at his neck."
The damage to the vehicle was extensive and onlookers were shocked to see the couple had made it out alive.
"I don't really remember the accident - seeing the tree was the last thing I remember clearly. Everything else is a blur," Taylor said.
"The doors were crushed so I crawled through the open window and went to help Cahil.
"I had no idea if he could walk - it was scary."
Taylor lost her uncle - Cory Whitmore - his partner and their unborn child in a horror car crash in Kybong in 2008.
She said after her own accident, it was hard not to think about how badly things might have ended.
"You see the cars of some fatalities and there is hardly any damage to them - our car was a write-off," she said.
Calling her parents to tell them about the crash was one of the most difficult and upsetting parts of the whole episode.
"I called Dad and he told Mum," Taylor said.
"It is a mother's worst nightmare to hear their child has been in a car crash.
"Everyone always thinks about 'what if', and it is a scary thought."
Taylor said as bad as the accident was, it would have been a lot worse but for Cahil's quick response when the brakes failed.
"If one of the best drivers in the world, Paul Walker, can die in a car crash, it can happen to anyone - no one is bulletproof," she said.
"I am extremely thankful we were both okay."
In April, Taylor's mum, Kirsty, spoke to the Daily about how the carnage on our roads needed to stop.
On Friday, Kirsty posted the following status on Facebook about her feelings on the day of the recent crash: "After having the biggest scare today I have finally calmed down and (am) thanking all the angels from above. (I have) never been so happy to squeeze you two tonight.
"As we all know too well, life can change in a heartbeat ... love you two and no more heart attacks for mummy, okay?"