Teenager rescues doctor in car crash
A CAR crash victim, who flipped his car off a bridge, could have been waiting up to an hour for help despite several cars driving past him
The 23-year-old doctor was driving on the dirt Brooweena-Woolooga Rd yesterday morning when he lost control of his car and ran it off Running Creek Bridge.
He was lucky to be alive after his car was submerged, upside down.
The man, the only person in the car, managed to undo his seatbelt and open the car door to escape but the challenge wasn't over then.
No less than four cars passed the bleeding doctor on the road, despite him trying to flag down passers-by.
It wasn't until St Patrick's College graduate Carly Turner, 17, came by that he had help.
Ms Turner said she was apprehensive about stopping for the stranger but was too concerned for his welfare not to.
"I was wondering whether I should stop or not, being a young girl, so I slowed down and opened the window first," she said yesterday.
"He was very grateful.
"He was saying 'thank you so much for stopping; no one else has'."
She said the doctor told her he was in the process of moving to Brisbane where he had a job waiting for him when he had the crash.
The man's belongings were in the car at the time.
"He lost a brand new laptop and his clothes," Ms Turner said.
She said when the man couldn't flag down a passing car he walked, bleeding from the face, hands and legs, to the closest house almost a kilometre away, but no one was home.
"I think it would have been an hour (since he crashed) before I got there," Ms Turner said.
The man was fortunate Ms Turner had turned down the offer for a lift to work earlier that morning and was on the road when he needed help.
Ms Turner said even as they waited for an ambulance, six to eight cars passed the pair, showering them in dust.
"No one even slowed down," she said.
"The only person to stop was the mailman and he knows me."
The potentially fatal crash wasn't the first on the bridge, which on approach towards Gympie is preceded by a sharp S-bend.
Ms Turner said her grandfather had lost his car over the bridge a few months earlier.
"One of the firies (at the crash) said he had been out to accidents here before and I said 'I know, it happens a lot'," she said.
"You just always hear of a few (crashes out there).
"I called my neighbour for help and when I told her about the crash the first thing she said was 'again?'.
"The speed limit's 100kmh on that dirt road out there, it really shouldn't be ... and you really need to do the recommended 40kmh around the corner (leading to the bridge)."