BOWLED OVER: The Yamba Fire Brigade was on the scene quickly at the BP in Yamba after the petrol bowser was hit by a motorist.
BOWLED OVER: The Yamba Fire Brigade was on the scene quickly at the BP in Yamba after the petrol bowser was hit by a motorist.

Brush with a bowser



AN 83 YEAR-OLD Yamba woman was lucky to escape serious injury when the car she was driving crashed into a petrol bowser at the BP service station on Yamba Road this week.

Shop owner Rod Moody said the woman collided with the bowser just after 1.30pm on Monday after she appeared to misjudge the entry to the row of petrol pumps.

Mr Moody said the woman, who was driving a maroon Holden Astra, was heading into Yamba along Yamba Road when she entered the station.

He said she drove straight at the front of the shop, nearly hitting it, before she turned sharply to her right and collected the bowser head on.

The bowser was pushed backwards and landed on a female postal worker, who had just finished using the petrol pump.

The postal worker received minor injuries to her shoulder and knee, but drove away soon after the crash.

The driver of the car was uninjured.

No petrol was spilt in the incident thanks to the quick thinking of Mr Moody and his wife Jenny, who activated the emergency stop button just as the woman hit the bowser.

The Yamba Fire Brigade was on the scene shortly after the crash, but all spilt liquid had evaporated before their arrival.

They covered the bowser and roped off the service station, which had been unable to sell petrol until today at the earliest.

Police said the crash was still under investigation, but it was likely the woman would be issued with a ticket for negligent driving.



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