NEAR MISS: The car rolled near Pratten on Thursday, with Tegan Swan at the wheel.
NEAR MISS: The car rolled near Pratten on Thursday, with Tegan Swan at the wheel. Jodie Swan

Parents thank those who helped teenage crash vitim

TWO Warwick parents are praising the efforts of good Samaritans after their teenage daughter rolled her car while driving alone on a back road.

Nineteen-year-old Tegan Swan was travelling near Pratten Thursday afternoon when, according to her father Jason Swan, she rolled her car into a paddock where the vehicle landed on its side.

"She was extremely lucky," Mr Swan said. "Police arrived when I came to grab the car, which is totalled.

"They put Tegan on the breathalyser but it was simply a moment of distraction that could have been much worse."

Fortunately for the P-plater, concerned residents Ellie Wright and Chris and Melissa Short were on the scene quickly to check on the shaken Miss Swan and help to get the vehicle back onto its wheels.

Miss Wright, a Pratten resident, was first on the scene and pulled over moments after the crash.

"I was on my way to a meeting in town, and I saw Tegan on the side of the road," she said.

"I got her to ring her mum on my phone so she could come out and get her.

"I rang up my neighbours, Chris and Melissa, and they arrived and we all pushed the car onto four wheels.

"We disconnected the battery because there was a little bit of fuel leaking out."

This wasn't the first time Miss Wright had dealt with a car crash, having helped a mother and her baby a few years earlier.

"My partner and I came across an accident at Plainlands a few years back, were a car was pushed by a semi," she said.

"We went and put the baby seat in our car and stayed there and helped the rural firefighers direct traffic past.

"The mother, partner and baby all went in the ambulance, and we took all their stuff to the hospital.

"That's what you do in the country: It's just a common courtesy.

Tegan's mother Jodie Swan said it was only yesterday the family found out the names of the kind strangers.

"I really can't thank the lovely kind-hearted people enough," she said.

"For complete strangers to stop and help is just amazing.

"She walked away with only a few scratches."



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