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Teens' lucky rollover escape

Two students walked away from this Toyota Hilux which rolled on the Capricorn Highway east of Anakie in the early hours of Friday.
Two students walked away from this Toyota Hilux which rolled on the Capricorn Highway east of Anakie in the early hours of Friday.

TWO Nudgee College students are lucky to be alive after rolling their vehicle on the Capricorn Highway last Friday morning.

Police said the pair, who was sharing the driving, was travelling from Charters Towers to Rockhampton when the accident occurred shortly before 4.30am, five kilometres east of the Anakie intersection.

“Fatigue and unfamiliarity with late night/early morning driving could be contributing factors” Anakie police officer-in-charge Sergeant Brad Cowell said.

“Once again, it is a timely reminder that drivers need to plan their trip giving themselves plenty of breaks every two hours and even more frequently if they plan to drive at night when they are not used to long late night driving,” Sgt Cowell said.

“It could have just as easily cost these two young men their lives or the lives of others had they crashed into another vehicle.

“Fatigue appears to be the cause of the accident.”

Sgt Cowell said the red Hilux was found on its side to the right of the highway heading inbound toward Emerald.

The driver, aged 17, submitted to a roadside breath test and returned a negative result.

He was taken to Emerald Hospital as a precaution and released later on Friday.

Senior Constable Graham Parkinson found the passenger, aged 18, walking around the wrecked vehicle with no injuries.

The pair said they had left Charters Towers about 4.30pm on Thursday to travel through the night to Rockhampton.


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