Pregnant mum rolls car to dodge roo

A 38-WEEK pregnant woman was taken to Rockhampton Hospital for observation after she swerved to avoid a kangaroo and rolled her car on the Capricorn Hwy on Friday night.

Anakie officer-in-charge Sergeant Brad Cowell said the female, 19, in the vehicle with her partner and one-year-old child restrained in a child safety seat, had a lucky escape from serious injury.

"The driver stated a large kangaroo came out from the left-hand side and went to the right, she veered to avoid it and ran off the road, down a steep embankment, and rolled several times," he said.

"All three were taken to Emerald Hospital for precautions and were not admitted.

"Apart from a few bruises and a harrowing story, they all walked away largely unhurt."

Sgt Cowell praised the couple for putting their child in a safety seat, adding air bags saved them from a far worse situation.

Sgt Cowell said the Mitsubishi Triton was travelling west from Rockhampton to the couple's home in Barcaldine.

The vehicle was extensively damaged. Alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash, 80km west of Emerald.

"I want to remind all drivers that driving at night increases the chances of having to share the road with wildlife of all kinds," he said. "Even experienced drivers should remain vigilant at all times and adhere to the road rules to give them and their passengers the safest chance of making their destination."

The woman was taken to Rockhampton by the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service on Saturday for observation and treatment.

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