Brittani Richter and Antony Garrett have witnessed two crashes this week, including a car that brought a light post crashing to the ground in Pialba on Wednesday night.
Brittani Richter and Antony Garrett have witnessed two crashes this week, including a car that brought a light post crashing to the ground in Pialba on Wednesday night. Kristy Martin

Couple witnesses second accident

WITNESSES said they saw a car driving without lights and swerving across the road before it crashed into a light pole and tore it from the ground in Hervey Bay on Wednesday about 10.15pm.

The male driver of a Mazda hatchback returned a breath-test reading of .129% following the single-vehicle crash, on Main St and the Esplanade, Pialba.

He was not injured and was taken from the accident scene by police.

Brittani Richter and Antony Garrett from Dundowran were driving behind the Mazda before it crashed.

Ms Richter and other passengers in the car said they had seen the vehicle being driven erratically before the driver lost control at a roundabout and brought a light post slamming to the ground.

"He didn't have any lights on and he was swerving off the road," she said.

It was the second crash Ms Richter and Mr Garrett saw this week, although the first was far more serious.

On Sunday afternoon they were travelling behind a four-wheel drive when it crashed head-on with a truck, killing five members of the same family.

Ms Richter said she and Mr Garrett were heading home from his parents' place in Childers when the crash occurred on the Bruce Hwy, north of Howard, about 3.30pm.

She can't recall the actual crash but remembers the crushed four-wheel drive came to rest in the middle of the road.

Mr Garrett told her to wait in the car while he went to check on its occupants.

"The first thing I thought was 'I hope there's not kids in there'," Ms Richter said. "He went to check and he called 000.

"They almost hit a Commodore and then hit the truck. He (Commodore driver) said it narrowly missed him."

At that accident, Hervey Bay's Helen and Elizabeth Walker and Rex Loughton and Forest Lake residents Robert and Lily Walker were all pronounced dead at the scene.

At Wednesday's crash, Ergon Energy disconnected the power while fire fighters contained an oil spill that occurred when the car hit the pole.

Police confirmed a 35-year-old local man had been charged with drink-driving.



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