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Roos write-off two of man's cars in two months

Luke Thompson's car was a write-off after he hit a kangaroo and it rolled up to four times.
Luke Thompson's car was a write-off after he hit a kangaroo and it rolled up to four times. Contributed

AFTER losing two cars in as many months, Luke Thompson says more needs to be done to protect drivers against an increasing number of roos on our roads.

The 33-year-old from River Heads said he was noticing more damaged cars and dead kangaroos lining the road on his daily commute to Hervey Bay.

However, Mr Thompson knows firsthand just how dangerous the situation can be after writing off two cars in the past two months, with one particular occasion where he was lucky to escape with his life.

"In August, I was driving to work around 5am, coming around the corner and a big male kangaroo jumped out in front of my vehicle and I swerved to avoid it and ended up rolling my car four times," he said.

"I was lucky to get out alive. Police don't understand how I escaped the first vehicle, they were looking for me 200m from the crash site."

Following the crash, Mr Thompson was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital, where he was treated for a fracture to his vertebrae and collar bone.

"Then about two weeks ago the same thing happened. On a Saturday morning, I was driving to work and this time the kangaroo jumped out from the paddock where they were all sitting and ploughed straight into the side of my vehicle, which is classed as a write-off now."

Councillor James Hansen said while he has not been made aware of any evidence suggesting there are more kangaroos on the roads, the issue of driver safety is one he will bring to council's attention.

"Particularly in outlying areas, kangaroos tend to come onto the road edges because the water pools there on the drains and there's always a little bit of green shoot, so you do see a lot more kangaroos on the roadsides when it's dry," he said.

"I would suggest more signage and certainly more roadside slashing will help get rid of that green grass in places."

Another of Luke Thompson's cars was written off after hitting a roo.
Another of Luke Thompson's cars was written off after hitting a roo. Contributed

Topics:  cars crashes fraser coast regional council hervey bay kangaroos river heads roos



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