Emergency crews work to free trapped woman after car crash Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
Emergency crews work to free trapped woman after car crash Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Motorists delay emergency crews rushing to serious crash

UPDATE: IF YOU or someone you loved was bleeding from the head and trapped inside a car that had just slammed into a tree, you'd want emergency services' help as quickly as possible.

The best way for that to happen is for other drivers to move aside and give police, ambulance and fire trucks plenty of space to get past them on the road, limiting their response time.

But Bundaberg police are frustrated by drivers who potentially risk lives by failing to move out of the way as emergency services vehicles make their way to serious incidents.

The warning came as they were again delaying in arriving at a single-car crash at Moore Park Beach on Sunday, less than 48 hours after reporting the same issues while responding to a car that had ploughed into a home on Friday afternoon.

About 9.30am Sunday a 25-year-old woman was trapped inside her car after it slammed into a tree on Isaac Moore Dr, near the Booyan Rd intersection.

Emergency crews work to free trapped woman after car crash Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
Emergency crews work to free trapped woman after car crash Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

The drivers' side of the sedan took the full impact of the crash and QFES firefighters had to remove both right-hand side doors from the car before the woman could be freed.

She suffered a deep cut to her head and was transported to the Bundaberg Hospital in a stable condition.

But Senior Constable Paul Nash said it was obvious drivers were not regularly checking their mirrors because numerous times while trying to make their way to the crash police were forced to slow down before cars moved aside.

"It's a long straight stretch of road and if drivers were checking their mirrors every five seconds they would have seen us coming for miles," he said. "

We're very visible on the road with our flashing blue and red lights and high beam lights alternating.

"There was plenty of space for people to pull off to the side, it's not steep, but they seem to want to keep driving that extra 50m or so.

"If we have to slow down and then speed up it costs time and sometimes it's seconds that are the difference between life and death."

Drivers who fail to move out of the way or who move into the path of emergency vehicles displaying flashing blue or red lights or sounding an alarm face a $274 fine and losing three demerit points  

EARLIER: EMERGENCY crews are working to free a woman trapped in her car after a single-car crash at Moore Park Beach.

Police, Queensland Ambulance Service and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are on the scene of the crash, near the intersection of Isaac Moore Dr and Booyan Rd.

The car left the road and hit a tree about 9.30am Sunday morning.  

The woman is reported to be conscious but has a cut to her head.

The woman, the driver of the car, is aged in her mid-20's, while other passengers in the car were uninjured.



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