Forensic Police at Stockland crime scene where a woman suffered serious injuries after falling into a large drain on Mulgrave road. PICTURE: STEWART McLEAN
Forensic Police at Stockland crime scene where a woman suffered serious injuries after falling into a large drain on Mulgrave road. PICTURE: STEWART McLEAN

Woman found critically ill in drain after day at the races

A WOMAN who was seriously injured after attempting to walk into town from the Cairns Cup may have simply fallen from a pedestrian bridge after being startled by passing traffic.

The 36-year-old Cairns woman is still in a critical condition with head injuries in Cairns Hospital, after she was found in a drain outside Stockland Shopping Centre at Earlville on Saturday about 9pm.

Police are still appealing for anyone who may have been driving or walking past the shopping centre on Saturday between 7pm and 9pm, to come forward with information about the woman, to piece together her movements.

They say it appears the woman, who has not yet been named, had attempted to walk into Cairns' city centre after becoming separated from friends earlier in the day at the Cairns Cup.

She was dressed in a pink, purple and white floral dress, with a large pink hat and white-heeled shoes.

A man who had watched a movie at the shopping centre found the woman in the drain and immediately contacted emergency services.

Cairns police Senior Constable Russ Parker said woman had been spotted walking along Mulgrave Rd about 7.15pm, before she came into strife.

"It's approximately 2m from the top of the railing (over the pedestrian bridge) down to the culvert," he said.

Forensic Police at Stockland crime scene where a woman suffered serious injuries after falling into a large drain on Mulgrave road. PICTURE: STEWART McLEAN
Forensic Police at Stockland crime scene where a woman suffered serious injuries after falling into a large drain on Mulgrave road. PICTURE: STEWART McLEAN

"We believe she's fallen from that distance, and obviously a fall from that distance onto hard concrete is something that's going to create serious injuries, and certainly has in this case."

He said initial investigations so far did not suggest anyone else may have been involved in the incident.

"It appears she was walking inbound, and whether she stopped there to talk on the phone, or whether she was walking and stumbled, it could even be that an oncoming vehicle startled her - we don't know," he said.

Sen Const Parker called for any motorists with dash cams in their vehicles, who may have been travelling outbound along Mulgrave Rd between 7pm to 9pm to come forward with any information about the woman.

"She remains in Cairns Hospital in a very serious condition," he said.

"We're not able to interview her or converse with her in any way.

"Anything we can get from the public will help with this investigation."

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