Woman trapped in flooded creek
THE 51-YEAR-OLD Gayndah woman trapped under her vehicle in a flooded creek at Barambah Creek, east of Gayndah, on Wednesday was lucky to escape more serious injury.
The woman and her young daughter drove along the old Burnett Highway at Barambah Creek, pulled over and got out of the car to have a closer look at the flooded creek.
When they returned, the car appeared to jump out of gear. The young girl, believed to be about 11, managed to leap out while her mother struggled to stop the car as it headed down the embankment into the swollen creek below. The vehicle rolled as it entered the water, trapping her underneath.
The woman tried desperately to get out from under the vehicle but was pinned by her left leg. She called to her daughter to run back up to the highway to get help. Not knowing if the creek waters were still rising she tried in vain to free herself but luckily managed to keep her head above water.
The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter received the urgent call and rushed to the scene.
Rescue Pilot Dennis Branch landed the helicopter on an old road bridge beside the accident scene.
“She was very lucky,” said John Kennedy, AGL Action Rescue crewman.
“If her car had gone any further into the creek she would have been under water and more than likely would have drowned before rescue teams could get to her.”
The woman was treated for a fractured leg and airlifted to Bundaberg Hospital.