Young couple and son lucky to escape crash

Emergency services inspect a vehicle which rolled down an embankment beside the New England Hwy at Blue Mountain Heights.
Emergency services inspect a vehicle which rolled down an embankment beside the New England Hwy at Blue Mountain Heights. Photo Contributed

A YOUNG couple and their son were lucky to escape injury when their car left the New England Hwy and rolled down and embankment on Toowoomba's northern outskirts.

Shannon Apps was driving his girlfriend Cassandra Campbell and their 16-month-old son Kayden Apps from Highfields to Toowoomba about 6.30am today when he lost control of his Suzuki sedan.

The 19-year-old said he had crossed the centre line of the dual carriageway at Blue Mountain Heights when he lost traction, sliding around 180 degrees and rolling down an embankment.

"It started going sideways and then it went off the side of the road," Mr Apps said.

The car came to a rest on its roof at the edge of some scrub.

Mr Apps said he then checked to see if everyone was alright.

"My son was screaming."

He said his girlfriend lay on the roof and manoeuvred herself under the child capsule in which their son was suspended.

"Then she unclipped him so he didn't fall onto the roof."

Mr Apps had freed himself from the vehicle and was able to take their son when he was passed out through a window.

His girlfriend then got close to the window so he could help her out of the vehicle as well.

A passer-by stopped to help them as well.

Mr Apps said police and firefighters told them they were very lucky to be able to walk away from the wreck.

"They were all just surprised we weren't hurt."

The family was given the all clear after being checked out by doctors, but Mr Apps decided to take the day off from his job as a painter and house decorator.

"I just wanted to make sure they were ok."

Topics:  crash new england highway new england hwy

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