Man crashes after blacking out due to low blood sugar
A DRIVER accelerated to 140kmh and mounted a high tension steel rope barrier separating traffic leading to the new stretch of the Bruce Hwy, after he blacked out from low blood sugar on Monday.
Video footage obtained by Gympie police shows a south-bound 4WD Landcruiser being driven at speed along the top of the steel ropes for about 200m before it finally came to rest 400m north of the Traveston Rd exit about 4.30pm.
Incredibly, the 51-year-old driver got out of the vehicle and walked away uninjured.
Officer in charge of the Gympie police district, Snr Sgt Graeme Reeves, said the driver lost consciousness when he suffered a hypoglycaemic episode.
When the car came to rest - after destroying 300m of supports in the median strip - he had lost his bearings and acted in an "extremely disorientated and aggressive" manner, Snr Sgt Reeves said.
The driver then suffered a second episode, which caused him to convulse and lose consciousness.
He was taken by ambulance to Gympie Hospital.
The man was injured during the second episode, but not in the accident itself, police said.
Snr Sgt Reeves said while emergency workers were at the accident scene, they were concerned the damaged high-tension wires were a danger, as they could snap.
So the 1993 Toyota Landcruiser was left untouched, atop the wire, for several hours until, eventually, Claytons Towing removed the Landcruiser at 7.20pm, using a crane.
The highway was closed for 20 minutes while they removed the vehicle.