Two men recovering well after Australia Day crash
UPDATE JANUARY 29: Two men involved in a horror crash on Lakes Creek Rd at about 9.30am on Australia Day are recovering well in hospital.
A Rockhampton Base Hospital spokesperson said the two men, aged 50 and 74, were in a stable condition.
IT was the Australia Day nobody wanted when emergency services received word of a horror smash on Lakes Creek Rd at 9.30 yesterday morning.
Eye witnesses Michael Baxter and his fiancé Nikita Whitcomb were first on the scene after a utility narrowly missed them as it left the road and smashed into a shed where 74-year-old retired mechanic "Ted" was working.
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Both men were taken to Rockhampton Hospital, the retired mechanic in a critical but stable condition and the driver in a serious but stable condition.
Mr Baxter said he arrived to a shocking scene after witnessing the utility cut across in front of his car and bounce over a table drain before slamming into the shed at around 80-90kph.
Preliminary police reports suggested the 50-year-old, sole occupant of the utility failed to navigate a bend in the road before he collided with the steel shed.
"The car was flying, doing about 100kph with no brakes or nothing," Mr Baxter said.
"I thought they were trying to come into their driveway 'really hot' but then we noticed it didn't break at all.
"It came straight across over the grass, through the trees and straight into the shed without even breaking…he would have hit at 80 or 90kms.
"It was horrific."
Mr Baxter and Ms Whitcomb drove straight to the shed where they found the driver trapped in the car, which was leaking fuel with the engine still running.
Mr Baxter was able to break the door to get it open and at first didn't realise there was someone else in the shed.
"…one bloke in the car and the old fellow was lying on the ground in the shed where he'd been working," Mr Baxter said.
"We're not sure if the car hit him or if he'd been behind something else.
"The driver had just come to - he wiped his nose but he couldn't talk and we didn't hear him say anything."
Yesterday was the first time Ms Whitcomb had ever seen a car accident and after a few minutes she realised that "Ted" was the man who had looked after her as a baby.
"He was covered in fuel," she said.
"It was not good at all."
He was transported to Rockhampton Hospital in a critical but stable condition. The driver was also taken to hospital in a serious, stable condition.
Police investigations are continuing into the crash.