The driver of a Rav 4 was lucky to suffer only minor injuries after a collision on Boat Harbour Drive sent his vehicle out of control.
The driver of a Rav 4 was lucky to suffer only minor injuries after a collision on Boat Harbour Drive sent his vehicle out of control. Alistair Brightman

Horror hits Harbour Drive

ONLY good fortune prevented serious injury or worse in the wake of a terrifying road crash on Hervey Bay’s Boat Harbour Drive yesterday afternoon.

The driver of a black Rav 4 was lucky to escape with minor facial injuries after a silver Commodore slammed into his vehicle about 3.30pm, forcing him off the bitumen at Beach Road roundabout and through a nearby barricade.

The frightening impact sent the Rav 4 screeching across a traffic island, through a wire fence and down a three-foot drop.

Witnesses said the out-of-control car was travelling between 40kmh and 60kmh as it carried on through a Beach Road precinct, coming within a metre of the Dulux Trade Centre and Dick Smith’s electronics.

It eventually slammed into the first of four parked cars outside a government office.

One driver, named Michael, described how he managed to stop his car as he approached the roundabout to allow the Rav 4 to avoid a second collision and squeeze through the gap between his car and the car in front.

“When he went past us, we could see he was already having convulsions in the car. He was probably unconscious.

“I thought he was going to go barrelling into Dick Smith’s.

“It was almost like watching a stunt.”

Miguela Considine saw the drama unfold as she slowed her car at the roundabout.

“If I hadn’t stopped, Heather could have been gone,” the relieved 21 year old said.

Heather Bunting, her 18-year-old work colleague at Rumaz, was in the passenger seat.

“He somehow managed to control his car as he came through,” she said.

The driver was able to walk from his car before he was taken to hospital by ambulance.

“It was pretty traumatic for him,” Mark Long, station officer at Torquay Fire Station said.

“He’s been very fortunate. There could have been people walking past or coming out of the shops there.”

Hervey Bay police charged a 32-year-old Commodore driver, believed to be from Eli Waters, with drink driving.

It is alleged he blew .052. He will appear in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on November 17.



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