Lucky escape after crash

FIVE people were lucky to have survived a horrific crash on Saturday night in which a Ford Falcon was written off after the P-plate driver lost control and rolled the car.

Emergency services were called out to the crash on East Street in Gatton about 11.54pm on Saturday night to find the destroyed blue sedan in a driveway next to a parked ute it had also hit.

Gatton Police Sergeant, Bernie Wilce, said all occupants were lucky not to have been seriously injured and that speed and alcohol were to blame for the incident.

A 19-year-old occupant was lucky to live through the ordeal after being thrown from the out-of-control car moments before it rolled onto him.

Bystanders managed to roll the car off the 19-year-old who suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Gatton Hospital with a broken collarbone and face lacerations.

“The car was travelling south on East Street when the driver lost control, hit a gutter and overturned,” he said.

“The occupant suffered a broken collarbone and face lacerations and was very lucky.

“I have no doubts the car was travelling at substantial speeds, it was a 50km/h zone.”

The 21-year-old male green P-plate driver from Regency Downs was charged with a mid-range drink driving offence with inquiries into the crash continuing.

Sgt Wilce said the passengers had regretted getting into the car and stressed for youth to stop, take a breath and think of what can go wrong.

Sgt Wilce said as a result of the incident police were immediately increasing enforcement activities to remind younger drivers of dangers and what can go wrong when you drink and drive.


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