Cop thrown in car crash after stopping to help motorist

CRASH: A police vehicle towing a police patrol boat hit after it stopped to assist with a road hazard.
CRASH: A police vehicle towing a police patrol boat hit after it stopped to assist with a road hazard. Declan Cooley

AS RAIN bucketed down on the Bruce Hwy, a ute crashed into a police vehicle which was towing a police patrol boat at the weekend.

The smash caused significant damage to the front ends of both vehicles and left one female officer with minor injuries after <QL>she was thrown from "one side of the boat to the other".

The officer was in the boat at the time of the crash, when police were helping with traffic control.

A police spokesman said the officer was attempting to hang out emergency lights, as well as secure road safety signage at the rear of the vessel, to warn motorists of a road hazard.

It's understood officers from the Water Police Unit were travelling towards Gladstone when they noticed a broken-down ute on the opposite side of the highway.

Police turned around and moments before the crash, they stopped near Christensen Rd at Iveragh to help the driver because the ute was covering half a lane of the busy highway.

Gladstone Sergeant Royce Devlin said the axle had broken on the trailer the vehicle was towing and was unable to be moved off the road.

But making an already potentially dangerous situation worse, torrential rain poured down which reduced visibility on the highway.

Sgt Devlin said the ute hit the parked police vehicle.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson said everyone involved in the crash declined to be taken to the hospital, with only minor injuries received.

Police continued t help with traffic control while tow trucks were called in to take the vehicles away.

It is understood the people in the ute were travelling to Gin Gin.

Emergency services were called to the crash at about 10am on Saturday.

The police spokesman said investigations were ongoing and urged drivers to slow down in the wet.


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