Driver trapped in car
A LARGE kangaroo caused this car to roll twice and crush the male driver inside.
The 30-year-old was trapped inside the cab of the ute for 1½ hours after colliding with the kangaroo on the Capricorn Highway at 3.30am yesterday.
The man was taken to Rockhampton Hospital with bruising on the brain, a fractured skull and fractured vertebrae, as well as face and chest injuries.
The condition of the man was unknown late yesterday.
Senior Constable Rob Harris of Duaringa Police said the impact of the kangaroo caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, five kilometres outside of Westwood.
“The vehicle left the roadway, hit an embankment and became airborne,” he said yesterday. “The vehicle landed and rolled twice before coming to rest on its roof.”
Constable Harris said the driver was released from the cab of the ute by the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.
The driver, who was travelling from Emerald, is yet to be interviewed by police.
Constable Harris said this incident highlighted the need for drivers to take extra precaution when travelling on the region's roads with wildlife escaping the bushfires.
At Rolleston, a Victorian holidaymaker has a caravan to repair before he sets sail again for Queensland after a lucky escape on the Carnarvon Highway on Tuesday.
The 62-year-old was behind the wheel of a Nissan Navara 20km south of Rolleston when the seven-metre van he was towing collided with an overtaking truck.
Rolleston's Senior Constable Andrew Donohue said wind shear combined with the drafting effect of the truck was responsible. The 40-year-old Capella truck driver took evasive action, while the car and caravan were forced into a 180-degree spin and the van overturned.