Crash survivors ‘lucky to make it out alive’
A WITNESS has described the scene of a three-vehicle traffic accident on the Peak Downs Hwy as horrible, saying it was lucky the people involved made it out alive.
Two fuel tankers and a Holden Calais sedan were involved in the crash about 2.30am yesterday between Eton and Walkerston.
The witness, who was delivering Daily Mercury newspapers out west, said when he arrived on scene just after the collision, he saw one tanker on its side with fuel leaking into a nearby cane paddock.
"We decided we better move our van back and there were a lot of mining contractor vehicles coming along so we got them to block the road and then 'boom, boom', both trucks went up."
The witness said the sedan involved was "unrecognisable".
"The front was so smashed up… I can't believe the people inside were alive.
"They were in a pretty bad way and we told them the ambulance was coming.
"The car was pretty far away from where the trucks ended up."
He said once the trucks ignited the flames got dangerously high. "The flames from the trucks were so high they burnt through the powerlines," the witness said.
"By the time I left, one power line had dropped down."
The truck driver said his vehicle and the car collided, the witness said.
He said the truck driver was attempting to escape from his rolled vehicle when the second fuel tanker, which had been travelling behind him, collided with his rig.
"We left after the police arrived," the witness said.
"We were going back that way at about 6.10am and the fire was still blazing.
"It looked like they were letting the fuel burn out."