Picket line: Len Nebe looks over his fence after a car crashed through it during the night, glad his handy work held up.
Picket line: Len Nebe looks over his fence after a car crashed through it during the night, glad his handy work held up. Sharyn Oneill

Camry skids 300m into man's fence

IT was a long-term project that he was proud of, but little did Len Nebe know his 50-metre fence might have saved his life.

The North Rockhampton man went to bed in his Belmont Road home as usual Thursday night, but was woken at 1.30am by a loud commotion.

Looking outside Len discovered a vehicle had crashed through his brand-new fence after the driver lost control of it on a nearby corner. The driver had run off.

“I just completed it the other day,” Len said. “I didn't expect it to be tried out.”

After observing the skid marks left behind by the out-of-control vehicle, he estimated it travelled 300 to 400 metres before stopping.

Len then realised how lucky he was that it stopped at the fence and didn't continue through to his home and into his bedroom where he and his wife were sleeping.

“He's travelled that distance out of control.”

Although he said he didn't normally have trouble with the traffic in his area, Len admitted that other vehicles had lost control on the same corner.

But he did not want to put any blame on the road.

“The driving is the thing that is bad,” Len said.

Looking through the hole in his fence, Len could not believe how lucky the occupant of the vehicle was to survive.

Police on the scene yesterday said the Camry sedan involved in the accident had been impounded.

While the driver of the crashed car fled after the accident – believed to have been picked up by friends – police were yesterday trying to locate the vehicle's owner.

Neighbour Susan Romyn was awake with her sick son at the time of the accident and said she heard the commotion too.

Susan said it was a bad corner and she often saw cars speeding through it.

“Something seriously has to be done.”



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