MOMENT OF IMPACT: The aftermath of the vehicle that crashed into a property north of Roma on Wednesday.
MOMENT OF IMPACT: The aftermath of the vehicle that crashed into a property north of Roma on Wednesday. Rory Hession

Car slams into property fence

A YOUNG driver had a lucky escape after losing control on a tricky bend and crashing through a fence north of Roma on Tuesday night.

The first person at the scene of the Hartley La crash was Kay Sellars, the resident of the property where the ute came to a stop.

She said the 17-year-old driver was standing by the vehicle by the time she got out of bed and made her way outside.

Police and ambulance officers attended the scene and the teenager was taken to hospital with possible leg injuries.

Inspecting the damage the next day Mrs Sellars told the Western Star the bend could be a volatile stretch of road to drive, particularly at night.

"The road here is very narrow, it is full of loose gravel, particularly on that corner and with soft dirt on either side it can be very dangerous," she said.

"Many of the roads are marked at 100kmh and the bend's recommended speed is 70kmh, but these need to be taken with a grain of salt," she said.

"Drivers need to drive to the conditions, our rural roads aren't race tracks, they require specific types of driving behaviour."

Roma Police Officer-in-charge Duane Frank, said the vehicle had been travelling west along Hartley La at around 9.30pm when it left the road, crashed into a tree and spun around before hitting the fence.

Sgt Frank said alcohol was not a factor in the crash and no charges have been laid.

He did say it was another reminder to take due care and pay attention on rural roads.

"Pay attention, be assertive and drive to the conditions and to your own driving ability," he said.

"Whether it is wet or dry and especially at night every road is different and people need to pay attention."


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