LUCKY ESCAPE: A doctor ran his car off Running Creek Bridge.
LUCKY ESCAPE: A doctor ran his car off Running Creek Bridge.

Doctor left to bleed on roadside despite calls for help

A CAR crash victim, who flipped his car off a bridge, could have been waiting up to an hour for help despite several cars driving past him.

The 23-year-old doctor was driving on the dirt Brooweena-Woolooga Rd yesterday morning when he lost control of his car and ran it off Running Creek Bridge near Gympie.

He was lucky to be alive after his car was submerged, upside down.

The man, the only person in the car, managed to undo his seatbelt and open the car door to escape, but the challenge wasn't over then.

No fewer than four cars passed the bleeding doctor on the road, despite his trying to flag down passers-by.

It wasn't until St Patrick's College graduate Carly Turner, 17, came by that he had help.

Ms Turner was apprehensive about stopping for the stranger, but was too concerned for his welfare not to.

"I was wondering whether I should stop or not, being a young girl, so I slowed down and opened the window first," she said yesterday.

"He was very grateful.

"He was saying 'thank you so much for stopping; no one else has'."

She said the doctor told her he was in the process of moving to Brisbane where he had a job waiting for him when he had the crash.

The man's belongings were in the car at the time.

"He lost a brand new laptop and his clothes," Ms Turner said.

She said when he couldn't flag down a passing car he walked, bleeding from the face, hands and legs, to the closest house, almost 1km, but no one was home. Even as they waited for an ambulance, six to eight cars went by, showering them in dust.

"The only person to stop was the mailman, and he knows me," she said.


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