Stranded on roof of 4WD
A PAIR of shoes sit of the roof of a four-wheel drive utility, where a man and a woman were forced to wait after the vehicle was hit by a surge of water while crossing a causeway at Mount Jukes at the weekend.
The ute, which was travelling along Howells Rd, was crossing an unnamed creek when it was swept off road and quickly began to fill with water, a police spokeswoman said.
It was raining heavily at the time; Mount Jukes received about 121mm of rain over a 24-hour period yesterday.
The driver slowed down and entered the crossing, she said.
A motorist witnessed the incident, which occurred on Saturday at about 6.05pm, and drove to a nearby farm for help.
"Two young boys in a car pulled up and said there was a car in the creek with two people on the roof," farm owner Sandra Gallagher said.
She immediately called triple zero while her husband Brian rang one of their workers, Matt Pitkin, who drove one of the work tractors down to the creek to help the pair.
It is believed he pulled the tractor alongside where the ute was so the pair could climb onto it, a police spokeswoman said.
Police, paramedics and firefighters were responding to the call when they received advice that Mr Pitkin had already helped them.
Due to the dangerous weather conditions, the ute had to be left in the creek and was still there early yesterday afternoon, although the water had lowered considerably.
On Saturday afternoon police responded to two other weather related incidents in the Mackay region.
At 5.25 the driver of a utility aquaplaned on the Bruce Hwy at Conningsby and hit a culvert, a police spokeswoman said.
A Department of Community Services spokeswoman said there were people trapped in the vehicle and had to be freed by firefighters.
A 30-year-old man was taken to Mackay Base Hospital with minor facial cuts.
Only 15 minutes later, there was a single vehicle crash on the Bruce Hwy at Mt Ossa.
The vehicle ended up on its roof in a ditch, she said.
No one was taken to hospital.