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."

Stanthorpe Border Post

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