Two survive horror crash
MICK Garrett woke to a "bloody loud whoompf'' as an airborne car slammed into a Rockhampton club and caused serious spinal injuries to a 20-year-old man.
Mr Garrett, a 53-year-old caretaker at Rockhampton Motor Boat Club, was asleep when a car knocked over fencing and flipped several times about 11pm Sunday.
"They must have been flying,'' Mr Garrett said yesterday. "They caught air somewhere, hit a tree and the fence.
One of the blokes was still in the car and they had to cut him out.''
Two men were in the vehicle during the high-speed crash and the 20-year-old was airlifted to Royal Brisbane Hospital with spinal injuries.
He was still being assessed yesterday.
The other man was taken to Rockhampton Hospital.
Mr Garrett said that after waking to the sound of the crash he went to the front of the club where rescue services were already on the scene.
"The ambulance arrived pretty much straight away,'' he said.
People from across the road had also come out and were helping the two in the vehicle.
Mr Garrett said the 1994 Ford Falcon was severely damaged while the accident caused about $3000 damage to the motor boat club.
Police are still investigating and believe alcohol may have been a factor.
"It was only a single-vehicle accident along a straight section,'' Acting Inspector Graham Richards said.
"It does raise some concerns.''
A blood sample was taken from the driver.