Two children, aged 5 and 13, have died and a toddler is in critical condition after a car crashed into water at the Wyaralong Dam, near Beaudesert, in southeastern Nigeria. Queensland.
A six month old baby, a one year old toddler and two adults are hospitalized.
Queensland Police Inspector Douglas McDonald said the adults and four children were in a Land Rover Discovery when he crossed on the wrong side of the road and passed a road barrier, driving over an embankment before end up on his roof in the dam.
Passers-by, including two doctors on leave and a paramedic on leave, helped pull people out of the submerged car.
“It’s a tragic and confronting scene,” Inspector McDonald said.
“It’s absolutely tragic for the family. It was a fantastic job [by the passers-by] to help rescue occupants.
“Their actions were essential in making sure it was no worse.
“We are still looking at the circumstances that led to the accident.
“At this point, the vehicle is still submerged, police divers are present.
“It’s relatively shallow. The vehicle is on its roof. The wheels are visible above the water.
“We plan to be here until tonight to investigate.”
Three rescue helicopters and more than a dozen emergency vehicles witnessed the incident, which occurred around 2 p.m. near the Overflow Estate winery.
A police vehicle rushed over to the scene, but no police were injured.
The two adults of the Land Rover – a woman in her thirties and a man in her twenties – were transported to Princess Alexandra Hospital by road. Both suffered leg injuries.
Mark Nugent of the Queensland Ambulance Service said the actions of passers-by had helped save lives.
“The six-month-old was taken out of the water. There was no CPR [done] on this little one and they were aware all the time, ”he says.
“The emergency response was exceptionally good.”
Police said they expected the road to be closed until at least 8 p.m.