Time bomb at the wheel
JASON Jocumsen was on a cocktail of drugs when he caused a million-dollar pile-up on the Bruce Hwy at Kuttabul, about 35km north of Mackay.
Three German tourists and a B-double truck driver were lucky to escape with minor injuries but Jocumsen was half-scalped, had his right leg broken in five places, was trapped and was clinically dead as rescuers tried to save him.
Just one month earlier he was a drugged-up driver of a prime mover that slipped off the Peak Downs Hwy at Racecourse.
The second crash occurred at 4.30am on March 21 when he was driving a red sedan northwards and travelled across the centre lines onto the wrong side of the highway at Six Mile Creek, prosecutor Bimal Raut told the Mackay Magistrate's Court yesterday.
The closest oncoming vehicle was a white sedan containing three German tourists. The German driver pulled sharply to the left and hit the guard rails of the bridge and Jocumsen hit it.
Jocumsen's vehicle deflected into the centre of the highway.
Travelling behind the Germans was a B-double. Its driver braked heavily and tried to manoeuvre to the right to avoid the two vehicles crashing in front of him.
Jocumsen's vehicle and the B-double collided head-on.
The B-double went through the guard rails, over the bridge and fell 10 metres into the creek. The cabin filled with water and the driver was able to get out and swim to the creek bank. He had facial injuries.
All vehicles were extensively damaged, consistent with high-speed impact.
Mechanical inspections later revealed that all vehicles were in correct working order.
A blood test, taken at Mackay Base Hospital, returned positive for marijuana, amphetamines, methyl-amphetamines and morphine.
However, the morphine was only there because it had been administered to Jocumsen at the crash scene.
The 36-year-old unemployed mine supervisor pleaded guilty yesterday to dangerous driving while affected by drugs.
He is on bail and will be sentenced today.