Miracle escape for youths in crash
ALL but one of the teenagers injured in a crash on Jimmy Mann Rd on Thursday night have been discharged from hospital.
The five boys - Scott Cooper, Keiran Wilson, Adam Flood, Rhys Metcalfe and another unknown male - were involved in a single-vehicle crash about 9.20pm on Thursday when their car lost control, hit a gutter and flipped, before hitting a tree.
Mr Wilson and Mr Metcalfe were airlifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, while Mr Cooper and Mr Flood were admitted to Stanthorpe Hospital.
A spokesperson for the PA Hospital said Mr Wilson had several broken bones but was expected to be released by the end of the week.
Stanthorpe Police Station officer-in-charge Mark Ireland said initial inquiries indicated only one person was wearing a seatbelt.
"Preliminary inquiries reveal that only one person was wearing a seatbelt.
"That was the person not injured," Senior Sergeant Ireland said.
"If everybody would have been wearing a seatbelt, we may have only had minor injuries," Snr Sgt Ireland said.
"It certainly could have been a lot worse.
"If the vehicle had hit the tree at the (wrong) angle, we could have had five fatalities.
"One of the persons had a substantial laceration to his neck."