Taxi leaves weary family stranded



STRANDED at Rockhampton's train station at 4.30am on New Year's Day, Miranda Gray was at her wits' end.

With her three young children in tow and lugging half a dozen suitcases, Ms Gray said the maxi-taxi she had booked to take the family to their North Rockhampton home had failed to show.

She had been told she would have to wait until at least 7am before a cab could pick her up.

The family had just completed a 34-hour train journey from Mt Isa.

"I was angry,'' Ms Gray said yesterday.

"I had the kids there, and the boys had only just woken up from the journey.

"There were drunks walking past coming home from the clubs and the sun was starting to come up.

"We stood outside because someone was asleep in the train station and we were worried about that person and then we saw at least one couple have a fight.''

She said at least two taxi drivers drove past as the family waited before her luck changed.

"About 5.30am, a taxi driver pulled over and said he would try and fit all our stuff in his cab, which he was able to do,'' Ms Gray said.

"I would like to thank him for making an effort.''

Yesterday, Rocky Cabs were contacted but offered "no comment''.

A spokesperson encouraged Ms Gray to write to the company outlining any problems.

Ms Gray and her children plan to move to Mt Isa soon to be with her partner Selwyn Domic, who has started work at a mine.



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