News

Mt Marlow car crash survivors lucky to be alive

 Jim and Abbey Tozer were taken to Proserpine hospital before Jim was airlifted to Mackay and Abbey airlifted to Townsville.
Jim and Abbey Tozer were taken to Proserpine hospital before Jim was airlifted to Mackay and Abbey airlifted to Townsville. Contributed

THE fear of those few seconds before colliding with a vehicle at Mt Marlow will stay with Abbey and Jim Tozer for the rest of their life.

Tragically, the driver of a Hilux ute John Anderson died at the scene after the crash on Tuesday afternoon.

Abbey said no-one was to blame for the accident and thanked the community for all their support.

"We very much appreciate everyone's kind words and support," she said.

"It was just an unlucky accident in the wet that we all could not get out of.

Abbey and Jim know only too well how lucky they are to be alive, and while it will be a slow recovery ahead for the couple, they are understood to have avoided any permanent injuries.

"Jim and I are both speechless that we survived and devastated that John did not," she said.

Jim was airlifted to Mackay having sustained a cut to his head and serious bruising while Abbey was taken to Townsville hospital with a broken back in two places, broken rib, cracked sternum, punctured lung, heart haemorrhaging and a possible bowel tear.

 

AFTERMATH: Abbey and Jim Tolzer are lucky to be alive following a "nasty" crash.
AFTERMATH: Abbey and Jim Tolzer are lucky to be alive following a "nasty" crash. Contributed

Abbey called on everyone to take care on the roads and do everything they can to avoid getting into a life-threatening situation when driving.

"It's always been a dangerous corner and that road in general always has people speeding or being impatient," she said.

"It's pretty dangerous in the wet, everyone needs to slow down and pay attention."

A memorial home service is being held at 14815 Bruce Highway this Saturday January 7 at 2pm for Gregory River man John Anderson who passed away at the age of 74

Abbey encourages the community to pay their respects to John who has no relatives in the Whitsunday region.

"I hope the community pulls together for a send-off, he deserves that," she said.

For those wishing to attend the memorial service please call Zano Thorpe 0404067736.

Topics:  accident bruce highway gregory river proserpine shute harbour road


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Good cop, bye cop: Sgt Wiltshire calls it a day with Miles

Miles Police officer-in-charge Sergeant Ben Wiltshire is moving on after more than six years.

In a period of change, Sgt Ben Wiltshire has witnessed a lot.

Daylight saving: 'Draw a line from Goondiwindi to Rocky'

Sunset in maryborough, Queensland. - User Contributed

Just draw a line from Goondiwindi to Rockhampton

Dedicated Dulcie is our Citizen of the Year

Dulcie Graham is Western Downs Regional Council's 2017 Citizen of the Year for the Chinchilla district.

Devoted volunteer Dulcie Graham wins Citizen of the Year.

Local Partners

Jennifer Aniston wants to return to TV

Jennifer Aniston is desperate to make a return to TV

Madonna hopes for election unity

Madonna hopes Donald Trump's election will "bring people together"

JK Rowling rules out Cursed Child trilogy

JK Rowling has ruled out a 'Cursed Child' movie trilogy

Buckley's chance in psychological thriller

James McAvoy and Betty Buckley in a scene from the movie Split.

Broadway veteran back on big screen with James McAvoy

Daniel MacPherson: acting’s a bit like channel surfing

Australian actor Daniel MacPherson in a scene from the American TV series APB.

THE Aussie export talks about making his mark in the US.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Lisa Marie Woodham will be giving readings in Gladstone until Saturday January 21.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!