Grey nomads dream run ends
THE curse of Friday the 13th struck for one unlucky grey nomad couple whose perfect driving record was blotted when their car and caravan rolled three times on the Capricorn Hwy.
Anakie officer-in-charge Sergeant Brad Cowell said showery weather conditions played a part in the crash which extensively damaged the car and van.
Speed and alcohol were not factors.
"The retired female driver and her husband had been living the dream for the past 10 years travelling around this great country," Sgt Cowell said. "They had never experienced an accident before.
"On this morning they were travelling west toward Alpha, just 5km west of Anakie, after spending the night in the caravan park here.
"As they came around a bend on the moist road, the caravan began to sway, the driver app lied the brakes and the van started to fishtail."
Sgt Cowell said in a desperate bid to avoid an oncoming vehicle, the driver swerved to the left and ran into the table drain, rolling the car and van.
The couple was not injured, although they were checked over by Gemfields paramedics.
A crane was called in from Emerald to lift the van out of its resting place and minor traffic disruptions were experienced.
"Although the car and caravan were extensively damaged, it was good to see that the irreplaceable lives of good people weren't hurt or lost," Sgt Cowell said.
After a horror week on Queensland roads, including the death of Emerald's Kym Rummeny on the Capricorn Hwy, Duaringa officer-in-charge Sergeant Paul James pleaded with drivers to be vigilant.
"It is concerning to police that people are still not driving to the conditions, and not identifying their own fatigue and taking appropriate rest stops which are causing numerous accidents of varying degrees of severity," Sgt James said.