Crystal Ferris with her 16 month old son Reuben alongside her car which was damaged when a truck ran into it. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Crystal Ferris with her 16 month old son Reuben alongside her car which was damaged when a truck ran into it. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Semi rear-ended car with baby on board and took off

AS Rockhampton's Crystal Ferris waited in her small Daewoo for the traffic light to turn green, a B-double semi-trailer rammed her car from behind.

In the back, baby son Reuben, 16 months, fortunately stayed safe in his car seat.

The truck's bull bar hooked onto the boot of Crystal's Daewoo and lifted the back slightly off the ground. During the dramatic Wednesday morning incident, the truck then pushed the car through the intersection near the Saleyards Hotel in Gladstone Rd.

When she looked in her rear-view mirror she could see nothing but a "huge" bull bar kissing the boot of her car.

"I was shocked and freaking out," she said.

But that was not the worst of it.

Crystal said when she sped up to get over on the side of the road, the dual-trailer semi drove off without pulling over, the driver not appearing to care.

She jotted down the truck's number plate, 090QNL.

Crystal had been taking her son to daycare.

After the incident, police and ambulance arrived. Crystal was treated for whiplash and muscle damage.

Thankfully, she said, her son was fine.

"He only started crying after everything was over.

"My car still works, but the boot needs to be replaced," she said.

"I want this driver to come forward and confess to the incident ... if his truck didn't hook my car, there's a chance it could have driven over my car and squashed us.

"And then to just take off ... it's horrible."

A report about the crash was posted on the CQ Regional Road Report Facebook page. The post received a number of 'likes' and comments.

Police were investigating the crash and are looking for the driver. If you have any information that could help police, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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