Teen girls survive smash
IT WAS a lucky escape for two teenage girls when a B-double collided with their car on the Eight Mile intersection yesterday afternoon.
An all-too-familiar scenario left the girls shaken, but fortunately no major injuries were reported.
The 17-year old Toowoomba driver and her 17-year-old passenger were travelling eastbound along the highway in a white Suzuki Swift.
Senior Constable Matthew Pike said it was believed the driver missed the Toowoomba exit and began to slow in an attempt to turn left into the second Toowoomba exit which is used by those travelling west.
"The have slowed down to try and make that turn and the truck driver wasn't expecting it and has hit the car," Senior Constable Pike said.
Senior Constable Clayton Binney who attended the scene said the car rolled on impact.
"A (47-year-old Elimbah) man was driving a B-double behind them but failed to slow, hitting the back of the Swift, causing it to roll," Senior Constable Binney said.
The car took out a light pole and a number of signs before coming to rest upright in a ditch.
Police, a fire crew and an ambulance attended the scene at around 2.20pm.
Both girls were taken to Warwick Hospital for checks and fortunately no major injuries were sustained during the accident.
Senior Constable Binney said investigations were under way.
"Police are currently investigating whether the truck driver was travelling too close to the vehicle, or if speed was a factor," he said.
Fortunately, this did not have the same result of a similar accident in March earlier this year, when a popular Assumption College teacher's life was taken from her in the same situation.
Mrs Ezzy was travelling to work from her home in Toowoomba when her Mazda sedan was struck by a Brisbane-bound B-double at the Eight Mile.
The Coroner's report for Ms Ezzy's case has been finalised but not yet released as no public inquest was held.
It was after that tragedy that Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg piped up, declaring that the intersection's safety standards needed to be revised.
Main Roads has since declared the Eight Mile to be safe - despite local calls for a flyover - and has no plans to reduce speed through the intersection from 80kmh down to 60kmh, as many locals have also called for.