Cop shocks new drivers with horror road stories
*Warning: graphic content.
SENIOR Constable Todd Armstrong knows too well about the devastation and consequences of dangerous driving.
Constable Armstrong recently spoke to Year 12 students at St Mary's Catholic College about how life can change in an instant when reckless driving comes into play.
About 20 students learnt from Cnst Armstrong that most car crashes occur "when there is a young male behind the wheel in his early 20s who has just moved off of his green P-plates onto his open licence".
To enforce his message, he shared some of his personal experiences about road safety.
Cnst Armstrong said this wasn't meant to scare the students, but rather shock them.
"A few years ago I was called to my first on-scene fatality," he said.
"It was a traffic crash out on the highway."
Cnst Armstrong said he remembered everything vividly.
"I remember seeing what I could only describe as looking like an explosion. There was debris everywhere," he said.
"There were two cars pulled off the road. I remember thinking they were covered in mud, but then as I got closer I realised they'd been sprayed with blood.
"Another officer then told me there was a leg in the middle of the highway, a human leg."
Cnst Armstrong said they soon located the body.
"We found the body of a motorbike rider. He'd come off his bike and through the windscreen of the other car, onto the passenger in that car," he said.
"I remember being in shock by how limp and floppy his body was. I reckon every one of his bones had to be broken for it to move the way it did.
"His intestines were hanging out and there was poo everywhere.
"For the first time I had to help put his body into a body bag and then go collect his leg from across the road."
Cnst Armstrong said investigations revealed the motorbike rider had attempted to overtake those first two cars.
"It was a double line and he was going about 160km/h. He didn't make it and collided with the other car," he said.
"The worst part about it though was when I had to go and drop off a wallet we found to the passenger.
"She was a little old lady sitting out the front on her porch. She still had dried blood on her face from when the body had landed on her.
"She had this shocked look of horror. I can't even imagine how she was feeling after having that happen."
He also shared stories of fatalities in the South Burnett that were caused by drink-driving and drivers using their phone while behind the wheel.