Glenwood State School mums Karen Whitton (left) and Lindall Brown were alarmed by yesterday’s tragedy.
Glenwood State School mums Karen Whitton (left) and Lindall Brown were alarmed by yesterday’s tragedy. Karleila Thomsen

Horrific sound signals tragedy

SCHOOL mum Karen Whitton stood in the car park of Glenwood State School yesterday when her morning was rocked by a spine-chilling noise.

“We heard this humongous bang,” she recalled later.

“I thought it had to be a head-on. Then I saw a car spinning down a bank and the other car was on its roof spinning.

“We went to get fire extinguishers because there was smoke coming from the car down the bank.”

Ms Whitton – a member of the school's P & C committee – then stepped out on to the highway and controlled northbound traffic until the police arrived.

Relieved of these duties her concerns turned to other school mums who might have been running late.

One of those was Lindall Brown, who, she learned, had kept her six-year-old son at home from school yesterday after a bout of vomiting.

Ms Whitton, whose nine-year-old daughter attends the school, called for a greater police presence on the stretch of road at school drop-off times.

Ms Brown said she regularly had to contend with tail-gating truck drivers in the 80kmh zone when she was bringing her child to school.

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