Another tragic accident took place as a car crashed into the waters of Wyaralong Dam, near Beaudesert in South-east Queensland. Sadly, two children, aged 5 and 13 have died.
As of now, two adults, along with a six-month-old baby and a one-year-old toddler, are in hospital; with the toddler fighting for his life. All of them are from the same family.
Douglas McDonald, Queensland Police Inspector revealed that the family were in a Land Rover Discovery when it crossed onto the wrong side of the road and broke through a road barrier. As they rolled down an embankment, their car ended up on its roof in the dam.
Two off-duty doctors and a critical care paramedic, who were on a day off, were passers-by who helped pull people out of the submerged car. “It’s a tragic and confronting scene,” Inspector Douglas said.
“It was fantastic work by the passers-by to help rescue the occupants. Their actions were pivotal in making sure this wasn’t worse.” The Inspector added.
Soon after, three rescue helicopters and more than a dozen emergency vehicles attended the incident. One police vehicle flipped as it rushed to the scene, yet no officers were hurt.
The two adults both suffered leg injuries and were transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital by road. The one-year-old, on the other hand, had to be sedated before being flown to hospital, having become agitated after receiving CPR.
“The six-month-old was removed from the water. There was no CPR done on that little one and they were conscious the whole time,” Mark Nugent, a senior operations supervisor from the Queensland Ambulance Service stated.
At this stage, the vehicle is still submerged as police divers are attending. Hence, the police revealed to close the road until at least 8:00 PM.