Rescue workers help a trapped woman in Point Vernon after cutting the roof off the four-wheel driver she was a passenger in.
Rescue workers help a trapped woman in Point Vernon after cutting the roof off the four-wheel driver she was a passenger in. Roderick Makim

Vehicle roof had to be cut off to free trapped passenger

A WOMAN was taken to hospital after a crash at a notorious traffic black spot in Hervey Bay.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Martin and Tooth Sts in Point Vernon.

A white Ford four-wheel drive allegedly failed to give way and crashed into a black Hyundai Excel.

Nearby residents rushed to help seven people involved in the crash - four in the Ford and three in the Hyundai.

A woman was trapped in the Ford and firefighters had to cut the roof off before she could be taken by ambulance to Hervey Bay Hospital.

A police spokesman said the woman's injuries were believed to be minor.

Ron Berrell was one of the people to help passengers out of the Ford, including three teenage children.

"There were quite a few people helping out," he said.

There had been many crashes at the intersection in the years he had lived nearby, Mr Berrell said.

He and other residents told the Chronicle there was a need for traffic lights or a roundabout at the intersection.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council was already looking into the possibility.

"It has been deemed a problem area," Mayor Gerard O'Connell said.

Leonard Gleeson, acting station officer from the Hervey Bay fire station, said the crash was "a reminder for drivers to take care around school times".

Police said the male driver of the Ford was given a traffic infringement notice for failing to give way.



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