MINOR INJURIES: Paramedics load the 36-year-old woman into an ambulance to be taken to Biloela Hospital.
MINOR INJURIES: Paramedics load the 36-year-old woman into an ambulance to be taken to Biloela Hospital. Andrew Thorpe

Driver walks away from spectacular crash on Dawson Hwy

A GLADSTONE woman has walked away from a spectacular crash on the Dawson Hwy with only minor injuries despite her car veering off the road, tearing up an embankment seven metres high and rolling down the other side.

The 36-year-old woman was travelling west on the highway about 30km outside of Biloela when she told police she swerved right to avoid an obstruction on the road, possibly a rock, just before 11am.

 

HIGH GROUND: Emergency services personnel survey the scene from the embankment.
HIGH GROUND: Emergency services personnel survey the scene from the embankment. Andrew Thorpe

There were no signs of braking and the car appeared to have hit the embankment at full speed, travelling a good deal of distance up the hill over large rocks before coming up against a tree about seven metres above the road.

The car then rolled down the other side before crashing to a stop in a driveway, leaving a trail of debris behind.

 

HIGH SPEED: There were no signs of braking as the driver veered off the highway.
HIGH SPEED: There were no signs of braking as the driver veered off the highway. Andrew Thorpe

 

SERIOUS DAMAGE: The vehicle left a trail of debris as it rolled down the embankment.
SERIOUS DAMAGE: The vehicle left a trail of debris as it rolled down the embankment. Andrew Thorpe

The woman was fully conscious after the crash and waved down a passer-by, who stayed with her until police arrived on the scene.

Sergeant Andrew Irvine of the Biloela police station said alcohol, speed or distracted driving did not seem to be a factor at this stage.

"We just urge people to wear their seatbelt. That combination of wearing a seatbelt and airbags has prevented what could have been a tragic outcome," he said.

"(Paramedics) are taking all precautions, but at this stage, as far as police are aware she hasn't suffered any major injuries.

The woman was transported to Biloela Hospital in a neck brace to be treated for shock and minor facial injuries.

 

SOME HEIGHT: Senior Constable Brad Cowell points out the tree at the top of the embankment which the vehicle scraped against before rolling over.
SOME HEIGHT: Senior Constable Brad Cowell points out the tree at the top of the embankment which the vehicle scraped against before rolling over. Andrew Thorpe

 

LUCKY ESCAPE: The seriously damaged vehicle landed in a driveway at the bottom of the embankment.
LUCKY ESCAPE: The seriously damaged vehicle landed in a driveway at the bottom of the embankment. Andrew Thorpe


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