Morbid interest not needed
A YOUNG woman lay in the middle of the Lennox and Kent streets intersection, sobbing in agony as paramedics and firefighters worked frantically to get her on to a stretcher and to the hospital for treatment for suspected internal bleeding.
Police officers scurried into position to direct traffic around the scene, where minutes before a motorbike carrying two people had collided with a ute.
This scene was witnessed in Maryborough on Thursday by a group of up to 40 people who spilled on to the roadside to get a better look. One man hoisted a young child on to his shoulders to see.
Morbid interest, as police put it, is behaviour emergency services are used to when it comes to traumatic incidents.
But it is behaviour that is unnecessary – and something emergency workers could do without.
“Basically police would prefer if people stood well back and let emergency services do their job,” Senior Constable Kev Monteith said.
“Obviously when we are at a scene where there’s been a lot of trauma we don’t want bystanders hanging around staring at what we’re doing.
“It’s more of a morbid interest, rather than being there to assist.
“I’ve heard of incidences that have turned nasty because of bystanders taking pictures with their mobile phones. Some of these even get posted on YouTube.”
The 27-year-old woman was yesterday recovering in the Hervey Bay Hospital, as was the 26-year-old rider of the motorbike.
It was believed she was suffering from a broken pelvis and the man from facial and head injuries.
The driver of the ute was not injured.
Snr Const. Monteith said while he praised community members who administered first aid before emergency services arrived, police would prefer people with no involvement moved on.
Investigations into Thursday’s accident continue.