Skaters help ambos involved in two-vehicle crash
SKATEBOARDERS were among the first on the scene to help two paramedics involved in a dramatic two-vehicle crash on the Bruce Hwy just before midday yesterday.
Police said the ambulance, which was not carrying any patients, was driving south-bound on the Bruce Hwy with both sirens and lights on when it collided with a car at the Monkland St intersection.
It's believed the vehicles collided as the ambulance proceeded with caution through the intersection and the car entered from the CBD-side of Monkland St.
The ambulance had been on its way to a nine-year-old asthmatic.
Radio contact from the one of the paramedics in the crash called for a second ambulance to be deployed, which drove to the young asthmatic immediately.
An eye witness told The Gympie Times a group of youths who had been skateboarding in the area helped the paramedics get out of the ambulance, which had flipped on to its side.
Officer-in-charge of the Gympie Ambulance Station, Wayne Sachs, yesterday offered his personal thanks to the youths for their brave actions.
Mr Sachs said once the paramedics were freed, one of them was able to then assist the driver and sole occupant of the Commodore.
All three people in the crash were taken to hospital with minor injuries; the driver of the ambulance was treated for a contusion to his head, his passenger for a hip injury and the 27-year-old female driver of the Commodore received treatment for shoulder injuries.
The Commodore sustained serious front-end damage after crashing head-on into a traffic light pole.
Mr Sachs said the accident was the second serious ambulance crash he had seen in 18 years, the first being at White's Bridge more than 10 years ago.
He said the atmosphere at the station was "a little quiet" yesterday afternoon.
All three patients were released from hospital late yesterday afternoon.