Emergency crews attend to a man whose car left Albion Street, narrowly missing power poles, other vehicles and two large gas cylinders.
Emergency crews attend to a man whose car left Albion Street, narrowly missing power poles, other vehicles and two large gas cylinders.

Motorist's close shave

A MOTORIST whose vehicle left Albion Street in front of the Daily News building yesterday and came to rest in front of Mango Camping was released from hospital late afternoon.

Staff of Mango Camping were shocked when the white Holden Commodore sedan narrowly avoided gas cylinders in front of the shop and the wall of the old fire station next door as it careered its way across the footpath.

The accident happened just after midday, with the vehicle collecting a street tree and other vegetation.

Ambulance officers stabilised the male driver, believed to be in his 40s, before transporting him to hospital.

Police said it was understood he had experienced “a medical condition” immediately prior to the accident.

Stanthorpe resident John McPaul and his wife Susan had just pulled up outside at Mango Camping when the car left the highway.

Mr McPaul said he heard what sounded like “a street-sweeper” outside.

“I raced out there and I could see Susan who was sitting in our car, was OK so I checked on the driver,” Mr McPaul said. “I initially thought he was unconscious but he was just dazed.

“He said to me, ‘I’ve only got a block to go to get home.

“Susan basically heard a noise and looked back and saw there was a car coming towards her.”

A Warwick Hospital spokeswoman said last night the driver was treated for minor injuries and kept under observation for several hours before being released.



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