SAD LOSS: Nadine and Darrell Williams pay their respects where a woman died after a car rolled down a hill at the Pomona Markets.
SAD LOSS: Nadine and Darrell Williams pay their respects where a woman died after a car rolled down a hill at the Pomona Markets. Patrick Woods

Small town left reeling from freak markets accident

IN a deserted Stan Topper Park, only bunches of flowers, a garden sign and car tyre marks were left to tell the horrifying story of Saturday's fatal accident.

A 47-year-old woman was pinned underneath a vehicle and died about midday while packing up from a day's trade at the Pomona Markets.

Police are still trying to piece together how an empty vehicle came rolling down nearby Memorial Ave and collided with a car in the park, pushing it on top of the woman.

Pomona Markets convenors confirmed the woman was a first-time stallholder, but did not wish to comment further.

A long-time stallholder, who did not wish to be named, said the woman had been joined at the markets by her 70-year-old mother, who had flown up from Victoria to help her with her first foray into market life.

It has been reported the 47-year-old had seen the vehicle travelling down the hill and had pushed her mother to safety before becoming trapped.

Four ambulance units and a helicopter were despatched to the site but could not save the woman, who succumbed to internal injuries and a head injury.

Officer-in-Charge of Noosa Station Brad Bischoff said he understood there was no-one in the runaway vehicle and the handbrake had "likely given away".

Although they did not know the woman, Pomona locals Nadine and Darrell Williams visited the scene of the accident yesterday morning to pay their respects.

"It has hit the community hard, we are such a small town," Mrs Williams said.

With investigations continuing, police are urging anyone who may have witnessed anything prior to the incident to call 1800333000.



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