A DRIVER who briefly fell asleep at the wheel of his vehicle had a painful wake-up call when it rolled south of Rolleston on Wednesday afternoon.
Senior Constable Andrew Donohue said the 35-year-old Toowoomba man lost control of his Ford Ranger utility on a right-hand bend of the Carnarvon Highway, spearing off and overturning the car three or four times before coming to rest 20 metres into bushland.
His passenger, a 25-year-old Italian national, sustained a severe fracture of his lower right leg.
Rolleston’s Emergency Services Unit personnel cut him free of the wreckage.
Both men, who also suffered extensive cuts and bruises, were conscious when RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue service paramedics arrived at the crash site 24km south of Rolleston.
“People have to be aware it’s a long stretch between Injune and Rolleston and if you are feeling tired, pull over as soon as possible in a safe spot,” Snr Const Donohue said.
“Don’t try and continue on as this fellow did. He has gone past several parking bays where he could have pulled over and gone for a walk.
“By sharing the driving they thought they were doing the right thing, but it doesn’t work that way if you’re tired.”
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