Car rollover still haunts lucky Lacie
HEADING north on the Bruce Highway, the only thing Lacie Smith had on her mind was seeing her family.
Then her steering-wheel locked up, her car flipped over five times and she found herself hanging upside down from her seatbelt, quaking in fear.
Luckily, the people in the vehicle behind her saw the acci- dent and rushed to pull her out of the car. She escaped with only minor injuries.
Looking back on the accident four days later, the 19-year-old said she was thankful to everyone who helped her. "I did not expect people to stop and help,'' said the Bunda- berg Central Queensland University student at her family's Rockhampton home yesterday.
"But they didn't hesitate to pull me out of the car.''
And while her bruises and scrapes will heal soon, Ms Smith's emotional scars may take a little longer.
Since the accident, which happened about 15km south of Rockhampton, Ms Smith has been jumpy and anxious inside vehicles.
"Just driving in the back seat of my dad's car has been enough to freak me out.
"I am not going to be driving alone in a car for a long while.''
She also said visions of the accident scene keep popping up in her head.
"Every time I shut my eyes I see the car crash. I keep seeing everything that happened.''
Despite her emotional wounds she said the experience had renewed her faith in human nature: "I wanted to say thanks to everyone who helped me. It's nice to know that peo- ple will help and they won't just keep on driving if they see someone in trouble.